Executive Education

The Executive Education Program at Harvard Kennedy School brings together experienced professionals, a world-class faculty and a dynamic curriculum to address some of the most perplexing issues in governance and leadership today. CID affiliated Faculty play a critical role in these programs by disseminating their research findings thereby exposing leaders to cutting-edge solutions to some of the most challenging development problems.

Below is a list of courses that are led by CID-affiliated faculty:

Leading Economic Growth
(co-chaired by Ricardo Hausmann, Lant Pritchett, Matt Andrews)
This program offers a new approach to economic growth that focuses on expanding a country’s set of productive capabilities and expressing them in a more diverse and complex set of products. Contrary to a commonly held belief, as countries become more developed, their citizens and firms specialize, but the national, regional, and metropolitan economies actually diversify. The opportunities for diversification are strongly affected by the initial set of productive capabilities, which makes each situation different. This Executive Education Program provides participants with critical tools to identify new activities that can most easily be developed successfully in a specific economy.

Cutting Edge in Development Thinking
(Co-chaired by Ricardo Hausmann, Lant Pritchett, Matt Andrews)
The world of development practice only gets more complex.  The diversity of country experiences—from completely failed states like Somalia to the emerging African economies to the economically thriving but chaotic South Asia states to middle income but stagnating Latin America—gets broader.  At the same time the evolution of development paradigms never seems to catch up to the pressing challenges of the here and now.  This five day course is meant to provide an overview of what is at the cutting edge of development thinking and research on a number (though not all) of topics and how that can be incorporated into the strategic and tactical decisions of senior officials leading development institutions.

Leaders in Development (Co-chaired by Matt Andrews)
Increasingly, leaders encounter arenas in which authority to respond to problems is more diffuse, the issues they are called upon to deal with are more complex, and the imperative to incorporate knowledge and participation is greater. This program is designed for leaders in public affairs whose responsibilities place them at the center of these issues. During the program, participants sharpen problem solving, analytic, and strategic action skills and consider new ways to strengthen representative politics and open markets, and manage the challenges of globalization.

Public Financial Management
(Chaired by Matt Andrews)
Every country around the world has embraced public financial management reforms over the last two decades, but many simply have not met expectations. This Executive Education program offers a rigorous, evidence-based approach to public financial management. The program is intended to bring together officials in charge of implementing reforms in their countries with leading experts from multilateral organizations to examine the challenges associated with successful systemic reform.

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