News & Updates


Reach Summer Research Opportunity: FabLab skills development for marginalized youth in Mexico

2019 - Deadline for applications is February 22nd. Read more.


Reach Summer Research Opportunity: Food distribution & food insecurity in Mexico

2019 - Deadline for applications is February 22nd. Read more.


Reach Project case study on birth registration in South Africa is cited in World Bank Report

2018 - Incentives for Improving Birth Registration Coverage: A Review of the Literature. Read more.


Reach Project featured in U of T’s boundless giving campaign

2018 - What's the greatest barrier to helping the poorest of the poor? Reaching them. Read more.


Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth looks at financial control and perception around the world, with a discussion on the importance of reach

July 31 2018 - Mention of the reach project in this article. Read here.


Reach Project alum Aditya Rau writes on “Advancing an Agenda of Inclusive Growth”

March 7 2018 - In the mid-afternoon heat, Mohammed Salumu Lipeni, a farmer, age 42, greets us in the busy centre of Chiemiele Village, in the Ruangwa District of southern Tanzania. Read more.


Near universal childhood vaccination rates in Rwanda: how was this achieved and can it be duplicated?

March 1 2018 - The Reach project is featured in the Lancet Global Health. Read the Lancet abstract here.


Reach Project researcher Jillian Sprenger writes on the use of mobile phones to address malnutrition in Myanmar

February 28 2018 - I have spent the past couple of years reading and learning as much as I can about development and innovation, particularly in the field of global health. Read more.


Reach Project alum Kim Skead talks about her experience as a Reach Project researcher

February 27 2018 - Watch her interview here.


Reach Project alum Natalie Boychuk is featured on “Munk School Meets”

February 26 2018 - I learned about it through my experience with the Munk One program. I really like that PCJ doesn’t take a traditional view of international relations. It’s about bringing in voices from communities that aren’t often heard and talking about issues that are under the radar. Read more.


Reach Project alum James Bao talks about his experience as a Reach Project researcher

February 23 2018 - Watch his interview here.


Reach Project case study on UNHCR’s biometric cash transfers in Jordan is featured in Globe and Mail article

January 21 2018 - Does it matter how aid reaches needy families? Does it matter if food, housing and warm clothes are given as charity for those who can't buy them or if families receive money and decide how to spend it themselves? Read more.


Reach Project alum Aditya Rau writes on “Running the Distance”

November 2 2018 - I grew up everywhere: the Middle East, Europe and North America have all been home. With each move, the distance to extended family and concomitant Sunday lunches has grown. Read more.


Joe Wong’s talk at TEDxUofT, “getting ‘stuff’ to people”, is available on YouTube

June 8 2018 - Watch him speak here.



Munk School research initiative helps reimagine ways to reach the hardest to reach

November 23, 2017 — U of T students share their experience of participating in the Reach Project, which studies the delivery of development interventions to vulnerable, hard-to-reach communities. Read more.

Munk School students research refugee cash assistance program that uses iris-scanning technology

June 7, 2017 — Munk School students share insights from recent fieldwork in Jordan, on UNHCR Jordan's refugee cash assistance program. Read more at Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.


On the Importance of Bearing Witness

September 27, 2016 — Aditya Rau, a recent graduate and member of the Reach Project's team on birth registration in South Africa, shares his thoughts on the importance of getting out of the classroom and into the world. Read more at Medium.


U of T students go to India to research delivery of social services to those "hard to reach"

June 2, 2017 — U of T students reflect on their recent fieldwork in India, on the Aadhaar biometric identification program. Read more at U of T Faculty of Arts & Science.

Brazil's Bolsa Familia: Reaching the Poor with No Addresses

September 27, 2016 — Professor Joseph Wong and Nina Da Nobrega Garcia examine the lessons learned from Brazil's Bolsa Familia conditional cash transfer program. Read more at the MasterCard Centre for Inclusive Growth.

Getting to Zero Poverty: How to Reach the Last Mile

August 30, 2016 — Professor Joseph Wong discusses the partnership between the Munk School of Global Affairs and the MasterCard Centre for Inclusive Growth to advance innovative solutions that achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more at the MasterCard Centre for Inclusive Growth


Reaching the poorest of the poor in South Africa: U of T undergrads

August 4, 2016 — This summer, travelling through South Africa with the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs, Kim Skead drove past an informal settlement outside of Cape Town. Read more at

Munk Students in South Africa

June 20, 2016 — Kourosh Houshmand and four other U of T undergraduates are in South Africa this week for some intense field research into birth registration and human rights. Read more at

The Changing Face of Global Poverty: Professor Wong on Planet ArtSci

April 22, 2016 — Professor Joseph Wong discusses the innovation of the Bolsa Familia program in Brazil what the rest of the world can learn from it. Listen to the full podcast on Planet ArtSci.

U of T undergrads off to Brazil to research poverty

October 7, 2015 It’s not unusual for University of Toronto professors to travel abroad to do field research. It’s not even out of the ordinary for graduate students to do so. Read more at