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

  • Medical researcher uses pipette to drop blood on a sterile slide

    Evaluating the Impact of EU R&D into PRNDs

    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.

Selected Research

  • Dance4Life participants

    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.

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    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.

  • Moroccan girls walking to school

    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.

  • USAID supported a fire safety class for garment workers in Bangladesh

    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.

  • European union flag against parliament in Brussels

    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.

  • Muslim woman carrying food on her head in a Nubian village

    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.

  • Trucks and port infrastructure, Sao Francisco do Sul, Brazil. July 2006

    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.

  • Assessing the Effectiveness of Conditional Cash Transfers as a Development Mechanism

    02 Nov 2016

    Conditional cash transfer programmes (CCTs) are seen as particularly effective in low- and middle-income countries, but relatively little is known about the interface between the supply of services and programme administration and specific human development outcomes. RAND Europe assessed the effectiveness of CCTs through a two-year grant from UK Economic Social Research Council and Department for International Development.