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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.

Request for Proposals

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A large body of research has shown the substantial role that violent conflict plays in underdevelopment around the world, particularly in the most vulnerable communities.

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.

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The Migration and Development initiative seeks to address the barriers to making migration a powerful catalyst for development in low-income countries.

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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.

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


Three early-stage initiatives led by Stanford faculty have received seed funding from the Center to conduct research support activities.