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Initiatives

Our research initiatives bring together communities of scholars working on sustained global development and poverty alleviation research agendas. Explore our current faculty-led initiatives and learn more about the Request for Proposals (RFP) and application process.

The Data for Development initiative explores low-cost, unconventional data streams and helps academics, policymakers, and business leaders craft solutions with real-world impacts on global poverty.

A middle-aged, South African woman stands behind the counter of her shop, writing on a notepad. Her store is well-stocked with convenience items such as soda cans.

The Firms and Global Productivity initiative seeks to understand the underlying forces that drive productivity and how those forces affect economic growth in developing countries.

Cars, buses, and small homes line the sides of a crowded African street.

SEDRI is a comprehensive research program that focuses on Sub-Saharan Africa’s urbanization and the long-run impacts of migration on household welfare and economic growth.

We invite proposals from Stanford faculty for multi-faculty initiatives harnessing and developing the university’s distinctive strengths in research on global development and poverty.