About the Harvard Global Equity Initiative

From Research to Policy

The Harvard Global Equity Initiative (HGEI) is an interfaculty research program at Harvard University devoted to promoting more equitable development with a particular focus on the dimension of health. It addresses these issues by conducting research, engaging in policy discussions, and producing and disseminating evidence, education, and training with an interdisciplinary approach.

HGEI offers substantial experience garnered in developing countries undertaking research, participating in developing and evaluating policy and programs, and working for and with governmental and non-governmental organizations, particularly on the issues of health system strengthening, as well as women and health. This interdisciplinary group has demonstrated capacity to translate research into policy recommendations.


The Harvard Global Equity Initiative seeks to advance the understanding and tackle the challenges of equitable development.

Global inequity among people – based on gender, ethnicity, health status, culture – and between and within nations and regions – is one of the greatest challenges of our times. Severe disparities exist not only in wealth, but in health, education, economic opportunity, human security, and democratic freedom. Despite its urgency and importance, our understanding of the forces behind, the consequences of, and the remedies for severe inequity continue to be critically limited. The path to a fairer and more just world is far from clear.