CESR International Development is committed to providing rigorous, policy-relevant insights into complex social and economic challenges in low- and middle-income settings. We do this by working along the continuum of development challenges from problem definition to developing solutions to evaluating outcomes. 
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Publication | Project Work


CESR recently completed a mixed-methods study of gender transformative finance in Kenya, supported by the Canadian International Development Research Center. The study's full report can be found here, the quantitative results brief here, and the qualitative results here


COVID-19 Work


Researchers have recruited one randomly selected male and one randomly selected female from a nationally representative survey of older persons in India (LASI-DAD) for a 15-minute phone survey in every other month for 1-year. LASI-DAD sample is representative of 91% of the population aged 60+ in India. The study’s objective is to examine gender differences in perceptions, attitude and avoidance behaviors as well as health and economic impacts of COVID-19. 




New Project


CESR ID economist Daniel Bennett is collaborating with the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture on two related projects. The first one studies the economic circumstances of Catholic sisters in Zambia. The second examines the impact of Catholic rural healthcare provision in India. The studies will run through 2021.


COVID-19 Work


CESR ID economist Simone Schaner is working with researchers at Yale, Harvard, Duke, and the University of Warwick to understand the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the health and social service access of rural women in India. 





COVID-19 Work


In this brief, CESR ID researchers, together with colleagues at Yale University and Krea University, present findings from qualitative interviews with low-income women in India on the challenges they face during this unprecedented crisis with COVID-19.