The Program on Poverty and Governance


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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

About the Program on Poverty and Governance

The Program on Poverty and Governance at Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law seeks to understand how effective public action and good governance are essential to eliminate poverty.

Launched in 2010, the Program on Poverty and Governance (PovGov) conducts policy-oriented research on the factors that affect good governance and poverty alleviation in developing countries, with a special focus on Mexico, Brazil and Latin America.

Poverty relief requires active government involvement in the provision of public services such as drinking water, healthcare, sanitation, education, roads, electricity and public safety. Failure to deliver public services is a major impediment to the alleviation of poverty. 

Led by political scientist and FSI Senior Fellow Beatriz Magaloni, with key collaborators from across Stanford, PovGov serves as a critical training ground for doctoral students, undergraduates and post-doctoral scholars. The research team at PovGov brings together experts from across the disciplines of political science, economics, law, medicine and education to increase understanding of the complex causal linkages between political institutions, the quality of governance, and the capacity of developing societies to meet basic human needs.

The program employs a multi-method research strategy that incorporates statistical and spatial analyses using observational data, experimental designs and in-depth qualitative ethnographic fieldwork. PovGov has conducted numerous research projects partnering with researchers at local universities, government agencies, and NGOs who seek advise and expertise in the design, implementation, or evaluation of particular government interventions designed to improve governance and well-being.     

The Program also includes an active outreach program of conferences and workshops in the U.S. and abroad.

PovGov's research agenda is organized around four research areas, which include:

 Updated: Dec 2013

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