Other Regional Research

RAND engages in significant research in the regions of Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. RAND's Latin America work began during the Cold War era with in-depth analysis of U.S.-Cuban relations and has expanded to include issues related to health, education, economics, demographics, and political reform. RAND's work covering Sub-Saharan Africa encompasses many critical issues related to health, education, and political reform in the developing world.

Other Regional Research in the News

  • Niger soldiers guard with their weapons pointed towards the border with neighbouring Nigeria, near the town of Diffa, Niger, June 21, 2016, photo by Luc Gnago/Reuters

    How to Build Better Militaries in Africa: Lessons from Niger

    Oct 2, 2020

    To help counter the threat of terrorism and build the capacity of African militaries, the U.S. government spends over $1.5 billion a year on security assistance to the African continent. Does this support work?

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    Supporting Puerto Rico's Disaster Recovery Planning

    Sep 30, 2020

    In response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC) supported development of Puerto Rico’s economic and disaster-recovery plan. Researchers collected and analyzed damage and needs information from across Puerto Rico, and developed and costed recovery actions that addressed multiple areas of need.

  • Community engagement workshop with ward officers for the Dar Ramani Huria, a community-based mapping project in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, photo by  Ramani Huria/CC BY-SA 2.0

    Governance of Risk in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Sep 29, 2020

    In a series of papers—focusing on Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Freetown, Sierra Leone; and Monrovia, Liberia—researchers explored how interactions among people, the built and natural environment, and institutions shape and influence urbanization, the risks that arise as a result, and potential paths forward for reducing risk.

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    Are Counter Violent Extremism Interventions Effective?

    Sep 11, 2020

    Government efforts to counter the propaganda and radicalization that lead to violent extremism are becoming more common around the world, but there's little research on whether such programs work. It is critical to conduct more research to tease out which programs are most effective.

  • Dilapidated structures are seen in Marawi City, Philippines, May 11, 2019, abandoned two years since pro-Islamic State militants began their attacks there, photo by Eloisa Lopez/Reuters

    Evaluating Programs That Counter Violent Extremism

    Sep 9, 2020

    Countries across the world are fighting a growing threat of violent extremism. Many have begun implementing Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) interventions to prevent or divert individuals from radicalizing to violence. A RAND project examines the effectiveness of some of these interventions.

  • Testing Ways to Scale Early Childhood Development Interventions in Kenya

    Jul 1, 2020

    Researchers examined two different and potentially sustainable models to deliver an early childhood development interventions to improve psychosocial outcomes of very young children in Kenya.

  • The Postal Service, Election Security, Reducing Child Deaths: RAND Weekly Recap

    Jun 26, 2020

    This weekly recap focuses on the role of the U.S. Postal Service, preparing for the presidential election, reducing child deaths in Nigeria, and more.

  • Fadamatu Musa, a Boko Haram insurgency survivor, is a beneficiary of supply of Super Cereal Plus, one of the specialized nutritious products that WFP uses to fight malnutrition, photo by Samuel Ochai/DG ECHO

    Reducing Child Deaths in Nigeria

    Jun 22, 2020

    A program paid expectant mothers in Nigeria to use prenatal, delivery, and postnatal health services, resulting in an increase in use of care. This led to a substantial decrease in child deaths. Scaling this program up across Nigeria could reduce stillbirths by 85,000 annually.