Serving the World

MIT is committed to serving the world through education, technology, and hands-on development.

Students and faculty are actively engaged in innovative collaborations with educators, governments, and industry across the globe, all with the goal of improving the way people live, learn, and work. Researchers and students in MIT's D-Lab, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), and the Tata Center for Technology and Design are working to combat poverty and develop solutions to challenges facing resource-constrained communities globally. The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship catalyzes entrepreneurship and innovation in developing countries, and the MIT Public Service Center supports students in service projects around the world. The MIT-Africa Initiative creates connections between MIT and Africa through education, research, and innovation.

Each mission-driven effort is deeply rooted in a sense of social responsibility, and a desire to make the world a better place for people in need — and the results are transforming lives daily.

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab

J-PAL is a global network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty.

Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab

J-WAFS works towards environmentally benign, scalable solutions for water and food systems across a range of regional, social, and economic contexts by incubating technologies and fostering innovative regional collaborations.

Connected Learning Initiative

The Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx) aims to improve the professional and academic prospects of high schools students from underserved communities in India.

D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellowships

These fellowships offer one year of support to social entrepreneurs bringing hardware-based, poverty-alleviating products and services to market at scale.

Empowering the Teachers

Aiming to foster innovation in science and engineering education, this program invites upcoming African academics to spend a semester at MIT studying curricula development and content delivery.

Global Startup Workshop Fellowships

These fellowships support budding entrepreneurs around the world to attend the annual MIT Global Startup Workshop, where they can share ideas, build networks, and learn from leading entrepreneurs.


ImpactLabs identifies areas of need in target communities and work with students to come up with engineering solutions.

International Development Group

The IDG at MIT is the longest-standing and largest program within a U.S. planning school devoted to graduate study and research in subjects specific to the developing world.

Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship

The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship catalyzes entrepreneurship for broad-based prosperity in low-income countries.