The program focused initially on Asia and is now expanding its attention to Africa, the Near East and North Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
In Asia, research on the effects of investment on growth and poverty reduction was completed in China, India, Thailand, and Vietnam. Researchers are now studying local governance in China, India, and Vietnam.
In Africa, researchers have begun work in Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Uganda examining the role of public spending as an instrument to achieve growth and poverty reduction.
In the Near East and North Africa, research focuses on the role of public investments in achieving the MDGs in the region. The focus countries are Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, and Yemen. In all the countries studied, IFPRI implements its activities in close collaboration with national research institutions so that research, capacity strengthening, and outreach are well integrated.