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What constrains a particular country from growing? What is the best way to empower poor people to participate in markets, communities, or politics? How can social services work more effectively? How can sustainable development balance human needs with the capacity of the earth’s life support systems?
Citizens and governments around the world are facing these critical research questions which are motivated by the widening gaps in income, educational opportunities, healthcare access, clean environments and others between rich and poor countries. Seeking and applying answers to these questions is the focus of the Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University, a research hub that advances understanding of global development challenges.
The Center has established these core research programs and themes:
As a university-wide center, CID draws upon faculty, staff, and researchers from many schools and disciplines -- from economics and public health to education and physics -- engaging directly with governments and policy makers to inform policy decisions and increase prosperity in all regions of the globe.
Research is disseminated through a number of different and important channels:
Working Paper Series