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About the Center

We are a Stanford University research center working to improve the lives of the world’s poor.

By catalyzing Stanford’s distinctive strengths in global poverty and development research, the Center is working collaboratively and purposefully to turn path-breaking research into real-world results.

Stimulating and Supporting Research

From support for emerging scholars to large-scale, multi-faculty initiatives, our data- driven research efforts span both the public and private sectors. The Center brings together faculty and students from across the university—all schools and institutes—to create an environment where diverse perspectives, disciplines, and methodologies can thrive.

Inspiring Students

From hands-on research and experiential learning to events and classes, the Center offers resources for Stanford students eager to explore the challenges and opportunities of the developing world.

Making a Real-World Impact

Everything we do—from research and awarding student fellowships to convening conferences and events—is motivated by the desire to improve policies that will make people’s lives better. Facilitating and participating in two-way exchanges with policymakers and private-sector leaders, research universities, international organizations, and NGOs are key to our success.

A Stanford University Collaboration

The Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development is a joint venture between the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) and the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies, known as Stanford Seed. By consolidating the existing research efforts of the Stanford Center for International Development (SCID) and Stanford Seed, and encouraging new initiatives and collaboration across the university, the Center strives to stimulate research to help alleviate global poverty.

Why Stanford?

“Great research universities are a source of light and hope. They meet challenges head on. They are purposeful in advancing knowledge and human welfare.” – Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Stanford University President

Stanford is uniquely poised to harness its strengths in support of research aimed at solving one of the most pressing issues of our time: global poverty.