International Development

RAND Europe views international development as an effort to solve the problems that all societies face, albeit in areas of less economic wealth. The challenge of international development requires thinking beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries, and we excel in providing interdisciplinary expertise and policy-oriented perspectives.

We are not an international development research institute in the traditional sense of the word. Rather, we believe that evidence-based policies, supported by innovative methodologies, can help to build links between local and global knowledge within developing societies. When that happens, people’s hopes for a brighter and common future are better sustained.

Featured Research

  • Next Steps for UNICEF's Emergency Education Response Programme in Jordan

    An evaluation recommends that UN agencies, donors, partners, and the Jordanian government develop and implement a strategy to manage the influx and education of child refugees. Jordanian and refugee children both will benefit from expanding the Jordanian education system's safety, quality and performance.

Selected Research

  • Evaluation suggests next steps for Dance4Life

    21 Nov 2018

    Dance4life, an international youth initiative to raise awareness and promote prevention of HIV/AIDS, developed and piloted a new programme and implementation model. An evaluation of the pilot found many successes but also areas where improvements could be made.

  • Social media in Africa presents double-edged sword

    05 Nov 2018

    The spread of social media in Africa has brought many economic and political benefits, while also equipping terrorist groups with a tool for recruitment and propaganda. Researchers examined the links between social media use and online radicalisation in six African countries, drawing on primary Twitter data analysis.

  • Supporting the OECD Review on Evaluation and Assessment in Morocco

    23 Jul 2018

    As part of a larger OECD effort, RAND Europe researchers analysed the strengths and challenges of Morocco's current approach for teacher appraisal and provided four actionable policy recommendations as well as advice for implementing improvements.

  • Tom Ling Shares Evaluation Insights in IDSS Talk

    26 Apr 2018

    RAND Europe's Head of Evaluation, Tom Ling, shared insights from his more than 20 years of experience delivering robust and practical insights for partners such as DFID, UNICEF, Save the Children, the UK National Health Service (NHS) and the European Commission. He spoke about the delivery of high quality embedded evaluations that can be utilized to provide ongoing improvement to services.

  • Evaluating the Impact of EU R&D into PRNDs

    21 Feb 2018

    EU-funded research and development into poverty-related and neglected diseases has had a significant impact on strengthening research capacity in low- and middle-income countries, but its effects on encouraging universal health coverage is less clear.

  • Democracy & Rule of Law Programmes Offer Value for Money

    14 Jun 2017

    An analytical study of EU programmes to support democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms found that they had clear objectives and offered value for money that the European Commission invests.

  • Evaluating the Sudan Free of Female Genital Cutting Programme

    15 May 2017

    RAND Europe is part of a consortium tasked with evaluating SFFGC for the UK Department for International Development. The evaluation aims to inform the refinement of SFFGC’s approach and to inform the shape of future programming on female genital mutilation/cutting and related programme initiatives.

  • Supporting Brazilian Regulation to Encourage Private Investment

    09 May 2017

    Regulatory frameworks enable a business environment that encourages private investment. Researchers prepared a roadmap for logistics infrastructure investments for the Brazilian Ministries of Planning and Finance.