Founded in 2006, the Development Research Institute (DRI) is devoted to rigorous, scholarly research on the economic development and growth of poor countries. DRI is an independent and non-partisan organization led by NYU Professors William Easterly and Yaw Nyarko, and is home to a growing team of researchers and students.
In 2010, DRI’s accomplishments were recognized by a major international prize, the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award. In the category of development cooperation, DRI was recognized for our “contribution to the analysis of foreign aid provision, and…challenge to the conventional wisdom in development assistance.” The BBVA awards seek to recognize and encourage world-class research and artistic creation, prizing contributions of broad impact for their originality and theoretical significance.
Africa House is an interdisciplinary institute devoted to the study of contemporary Africa, focusing on economic, political, and social issues on the continent as well as on programs in the Arts, and particularly contemporary African Art. We have at NYU a large number of professors and students doing research in many areas of Economic Development, including in Economic Growth and Macroeconomics, microfinance, analyses of the effectiveness of foreign aid, politics and political economy, law and legal institutions. Africa House hosts a number of high level talks and seminars, and has in the past featured African heads of States. We also hold policy luncheons and smaller discussion groups and research presentations on focused topics. Our programs take place in New York City and in various countries in Africa. Part of Africa House’s core mission is to understand the links between Africa and the rest of the world, through the social, historical, economic and other lenses. Related to this, we also have relationships with African immigrant communities in New York City.