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Donors & Sponsors

The support of generous donors, friends and alumni has allowed the Center for International Development to fund groundbreaking research with world-renowned faculty, support the work of research fellows and graduate students, connect policymakers and business leaders with our cutting edge researchers and provide venture capital for new program initiatives on sustainable and international development issues.

To learn more about how you can support CID, please contact the Center's Executive Director Marcela Escobari by e-mail or by phone at (617) 496-7413.

As a nonprofit academic research center, CID is supported through a variety of sponsored research grants, gifts, and endowments. Selected sponsors for specific programs include:

Santo Domingo Family
A generous gift from the Santo Domingo family provides vital support for the Growth Lab, which works to understand the dynamics of growth and to translate those insights into more effective policymaking in developing countries. By placing complexity at the center of the development story, the Lab is now uncovering new strategies for helping countries to increase and sustain prosperity.

Alejandro Santo Domingo and his parents, Julio Mario Santo Domingo and Beatrice Santo Domingo, share the CID's mission of dramatically expanding access to opportunity and empowering the underserved. The Santo Domingo Family believes that businesses play a vital role in creating vibrant and healthy communities. A Harvard College alumnus, Alejandro Santo Domingo is a member of the Board of SABMiller and manages the Santo Domingo Group, serving as Chairman of Grupo Empresarial Bavaria S.A., a privately-owned subsidiary of SABMiller, and acting as the Managing Director of Quadrant Capital Advisors, Inc. in New York City. An active philanthropist, he is a Member of the Board of the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, and serves as President of the Board of ALAS Foundation and a Trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Standard Bank Group
The Growth Lab ratefully acknowledges the generous support of Standard Bank. The Standard Bank Group is South Africa's largest bank and distinguished by its extensive operations in 17 African countries.  Standard Bank’s multi-year gift seeds the next phase of growth research and allows the Growth Lab to accelerate the pace of discovery – and application – of emerging theories of growth for emerging economies in Africa. 

The gift supports the Growth Lab faculty and fellows as they further research on the questions of what policies allow countries to grow.  Building on the Lab’s scholarship in Growth Diagnostics and Structural Transformation, the Standard Bank gift allows the Growth Lab to focus its research on emerging economies in Africa and to apply innovative analytical tools that can unlock the mysteries of growth.  Finally, the gift supports the Growth Lab faculty and fellows to engage directly with government actors in key countries and bring the Growth Lab’s lessons to an audience of current and future policy makers within emerging African economies.

Investec Asset Management
Investec Asset Management (IAM) has grown from domestic roots in South Africa into an international asset management firm with $105bn in assets. IAM is committed to studying and understanding the drivers of sustained economic growth. Through its Investment Institute, the firm is supporting CID with its ground-breaking research and theories on Economic Complexity and the role of productive knowledge as a primary driver of growth. In addition, Investec Asset Management is also a Founding Member of The Atlas online. The insights from this research provide a new source of data for government policy making and for identifying long-term investment prospects.

BBVA
BBVA is a multinational group providing financial services in over 30 countries and to 53 million customers. The Group has a solid leading position in the Spanish market, where it began operating over 150 years ago. It also has leading franchises in South America, it is the main financial institution in Mexico, one of the 15 biggest banks in the United States and has strategic investments in associates in Turkey and China. BBVA is working to build lasting relationships with  customers and provide maximum value to both our stakeholders and society at large with projects such as education, social entrepreneurship, research and culture. BBVA is a Founding Member of The Atlas online.

CAF Development Bank of Latin America
CAF Development Bank of Latin America currently consists of eighteen countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe, as well as fourteen private banks from the Andean region. CAF promotes sustainable development and regional integration through efficient resource mobilization for the timely delivery of multiple, high added value financial services to public and private clients in their shareholder countries. The Atlas online helps CAF identify the resource capabilities of countries and regions and determine future opportunities for sustainable development.

The International Centre for Sports Security
The International Centre for Sports Security (ICSS) is a ground breaking organization whose mission is to improve security, safety and integrity in sport by addressing real issues and providing world-leading services, skills, networks and knowledge. The ICSS is an global center with its headquarters in Doha, Qatar. The ICSS’s clients include key stakeholders such as event organizers, governments and bidding nations, infrastructure owners, sport associations, leagues and clubs. The ICSS works in security and risk advisory, training, research and knowledge gathering and all aspects across sport integrity. ICSS is a Founding Member of The Atlas online.

Mindteck
Mindteck, a global product engineering and IT services company with US headquarters in Enola, PA, donated critical technical advisory and development services to The Atlas online. Enhancements to The Atlas include infrastructure upgrades, beta application testing, improved user interface, a technology roadmap and the development of the "Build your Story" feature.

Open Society Foundations
Investor and philanthropist George Soros established the Open Society Foundations to help countries make the transition from communism. The organization's mission is to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. With the help of the Open Society Foundations, and in cooperation with the new Government of Albania, CID launched a research project that aims at identifying Albania's binding constraints and proposing policy solutions that can relax them. A team of prominent researchers and experts in the fields of macroeconomics, energy policy, public finance, agriculture and labor markets, among other fields, was gathered for this mission.

United States International Trade Commission
The United States International Trade Commission (USTR) is an independent, quasijudicial Federal agency with broad investigative responsibilities on matters of trade. The mission of the Commission is to administer US trade remedy law, provide the President, USTR and Congress with independent analysis and support on matters of tariffs, international trade, and U.S. competitiveness and maintain the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States. The Atlas online provides USTR with invaluable data and research on international trade, U.S. competitiveness and tariffs.

Foundation for an Open America
Founded by Robert Hildreth, the Foundation for an Open America was a key partner, along with the Center for Global Development, in CID's Migration Project, which worked to understand and strengthen the links between migration, remittances and prosperity.

Center for Global Development
The Center for Global Development was a key partner, along with the Foundation for an Open America, in CID's Migration Project which worked to understand and strengthen the links between migration, remittances and prosperity.

Entrepreneurial Finance Lab Research Initiative
Funding and technical partners for CID's Entrepreneurial Finance Lab Research Initiative (EFLRI) include:

  • google.org
  • TechnoServe
  • Business Partners
  • Credinka/NCF
  • ABSA
  • Fina Bank
  • Caja Nuestra Gente
  • CrediScotia
  • Equity Bank
  • Bancamia
  • Bancolombia
  • SNV
  • Techneos

MPOWER Foundation
A significant seed grant from the MPOWER Foundation made possible the founding of CID's Empowerment Lab, which works to advance global research on financial empowerment and promote innovations that extend the reach of markets to developing countries The MPower Foundation empowers the underserved through investments in global research, policy, and social entrepreneurship. It is the philanthropic arm of MPOWER Labs, which builds companies whose products help the world's underserved.

From time to time, CID faculty have outside engagements with organizations that are also donors to CID initiatives, including The Atlas online. For more information, see the HKS faculty profile pages for public disclosures.