International Research and Analysis

RAND brings decades of experience conducting both large- and small-scale evaluations and related research studies across the globe, including studies in fragile and conflict-affected regions. Our research spans a wide range of disciplines, from economic and social policy to public health and security. Much of this work focuses on emerging challenges facing regions, governments, and nongovernmental organization (NGOs); such challenges include arresting the spread of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, fostering public health collaboration in Southeast Asia, supporting investments in resilience for energy and flood management systems, and anticipating future security requirements of the government in Afghanistan. Read more

Selected Projects and Activities in International Development

  • A laborer lifts a basket of crushed bricks at a construction site in Dhaka, Bangladesh, May 22, 2014

    What to Do About Informal Employment in Developing Countries

    The staying power of informal employment in developing countries is a concern, because informal employees (e.g., day laborers) tend to receive lower wages, fewer benefits, and fewer legal protections. Writing in the World Bank Jobs and Development Blog, Prof. Shanthi Nataraj asks, How can policymakers improve conditions for informal workers?

  • Afghan children gather raw opium in a poppy field on the outskirts of Jalalabad, April 28, 2015

    Reducing Opium Poppy Cultivation in Southern Afghanistan

    What's driving opium poppy cultivation in southern Afghanistan? And how might rural development, eradication, and other programs affect farmers' decisions to cultivate?

  • A farmer in China inspects his rice

    Reaching the 80 Percent: Q&A with Krishna Kumar

    Krishna Kumar discusses studying agriculture in China, low-income housing in India, and labor markets in Bangladesh, and how research can help the developing world.

  • Women and children collecting water from the unimproved water source of Asengo Community. Asengo Community, Kisumu, Kenya

    Enhancing the Climate Resilience of Africa's Infrastructure

    Working with the World Bank, RAND researchers used robust decision methods to provide the first continent-wide evaluation of the potential effects of climate change on such investments. They also examined the potential impacts of climate change on five specific hydropower and irrigation projects.

  • Tailor working in shop in Bangladesh

    The Formal-Informal Labor Nexus and Growth in Bangladesh

    RAND is collaborating with the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) at BRAC University in Dhaka to study the relationship between labor markets in the formal and informal sectors in Bangladesh and the role of the informal sector in stimulating economic growth.

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