Special Research Topic
Poverty and Development
Using an evidence-based research approach, RWI strives to disentangle the micro-economic factors of poverty in developing countries – and, thus, provide recommendations for effective development policy. RWI studies economic processes in families, communities, and enterprises. Through applied research and in cooperation with various policy stakeholders, our explicit aim is to work towards more effective poverty alleviation. The scope of our research ranges from analyses of large-scale infrastructure or education investments and their impacts on the affected population, to studies of small-scale and low-investment services.
Most of the data used in our studies is collected in collaboration with researchers in developing countries by means of self-designed surveys among involved people or groups. Thus, a particular study design is chosen in a way that matches best the realities on the ground and the related research questions. Preferred methodological approaches are those with the highest explanatory power that can identify causal mechanisms, which are, in general, studies using panel data or Randomized Controlled Trials. Due to an intensive on-site supervision of the surveys, RWI is able to contextualize and triangulate the research results with qualitative methods.
In order to achieve research results that inform policy and have a practical relevance, RWI counts on a strong network of governmental and non-governmental partners such as the World Bank, the International Labor Organization (ILO), MasterCard Foundation, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).