Poverty and Development


economics, social science, data science, political science, education, psychology

The World Bank estimates that 2015 is the first year that the world's population living in extreme poverty fell below 10%. We are interested in research that addresses the potential to reduce and end poverty, and develop sustainable systems to improve human conditions.

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Evaluating women’s experiences with a referral system for safe and legal abortion care on the Thailand-Burma border

Decades of conflict and stalled economic development in Burma have led to mass population displacement...

More About This Challenge

The sciency details

Challenge Amount:
Submission Deadline:
Dec 23, 2016
Campaign Launch:
Jan 10, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

How do challenge grants work?

This grant is for projects that launch crowdfunding campaigns by Jan 10, 2017. The project with the most backers after three weeks will receive an additional $500 grant. Eligible projects must be approved before the launch deadline.

When will the grant be awarded?

On January 31st at 5PM PT, the prizes will be awarded according to the posted schedule.

Can I still submit a project?

We are no longer accepting projects for this grant, however we will be launching many more challenge grant opportunities. Sign up for our mailing list for up-to-date community news.

Please Note:

If we see suspicious acitivity of researchers or backers potentially cheating during the challenge, the project will be completely disqualified from winning the grant.

Challenge Aims

For this challenge, we are interested in research proposals for well-defined projects that seek to understand what causes poverty, how we can bring more people above the poverty line, or improving development practices around the world.

Below are some examples of areas, however, proposals do not need to address these specific questions. Any project related to poverty or development is welcome.

  • How can we get people access to vaccines and drugs for common infectious diseases?
  • How can we efficiently use microloans to give people financial independence?
  • How can we better provide access to food, shelter, clean water, and electricity?

Project Eligilibity

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