When rural medical clinics in Pakistan started transmitting real-time performance data to policymakers, doctor attendance and inspections increased.
The following early-stage initiatives have received seed funding from the Center on Global Poverty and Development:
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 Conflict and Polarization initiative fosters an interdisciplinary community of scholars at Stanford from fields including political science, economics, social psychology, and finance who are interested in helping to solving the problems of violent conflict and political polarization by cultivating new ideas about the causes, effects, and prevention of violent conflicts around the world and their impact on global development.
Exposure to lead has adverse health and social implications. With a focus on Bangladesh, the initiative identifies various stakeholders in the acid battery recycling and leaded paint industries—two key sources of exposure—and aims to produce a set of long-term, viable solutions to ultimately remove lead from the value chain or find ways to ensure it does not contaminate the environment. To achieve this, the initiative engages students and faculty from various departments at Stanford, including the School of Medicine, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Graduate School of Business, d.school, and the International Policy Studies Program.