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Penn Development Research Initiative Launches

Harsha Thirumurthy headshot

CHIBE Associate Director Harsha Thirumurthy and Guy Grossman (Political Science, School of Arts & Sciences) have launched the Penn Development Research Initiative (PDRI), an interdisciplinary community of scholars at the University of Pennsylvania whose research seeks to identify solutions to the challenges facing developing countries.

PDRI bridges 7 schools at Penn and brings together faculty and students with interests in various aspects of international development including education, health, governance, environment, gender, urbanization and migration, labor markets, poverty, and economic growth.

PDRI’s affiliates and fellows work with governments, multilateral organizations, non-governmental organizations, and researchers in many low- and middle-income countries around the world. PDRI seeks to strengthen the connections between development researchers at Penn and also expand our collaborations with development practitioners outside Penn.

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