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WSU Research Advancement of Developing Countries

Advancement of developing countries

Improving outcomes through international engagement

Poverty breeds desperation and, in turn, vulnerability. Impoverished nations can be easy prey for the lucrative lures of drug cartels and terrorist networks. They can become breeding grounds for infectious disease. As their populations mushroom, the environment degrades. The downstream costs of global poverty are significant for the U.S.  Among them are hefty sums for managing refugees, intercepting illicit goods, peacekeeping, and delivering humanitarian aid. 1

WSU researchers have a long history of leveraging scientific discovery, teaching, and outreach to help stem the tide of poverty and stabilize developing countries. Global Research and Engagement, in the Office of International Programs, provides leadership in establishing a network of international research, technical assistance, teaching, and learning within WSU and around the world. As the hub for the network, the team catalyzes faculty engagement and research, enables WSU’s internationalization, and expands opportunities for transformative-global student experiences.

1. “The National Security Implications of Global Poverty,” by Susan E. Rice, October 20, 2005, The Brookings Institution

Research areas

  • Scientific exchange and capacity building
  • Food, agriculture, and natural resources
  • Higher education for development
  • Economic, behavioral, social, and cultural influencers
  • Monitoring and evaluation