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Housed at Harvard Kennedy School, the Center for International Development (CID) is a research center working across Harvard University and a global network of researchers and practitioners to build an international pool of talent, convene academic and practitioner networks, and deploy breakthrough research to address the world’s most pressing challenges. At CID, we believe that together we can design and implement policies that help everyone realize their full potential.




CID, in collaboration with Harvard Radcliffe Institute and the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, announce the recipients of the 2023 GEM Incubation Fund, advancing innovative climate change research for developing economies on the frontlines of the crisis.  


CID faculty affiliate Marcia Castro’s research applies statistics, demography, and fieldwork to better understand and control the spread of vector-borne diseases, such as malaria, dengue, and Zika – all of which are on the rise globally, in part due to climate change.


CID hosted the 2023 North East Universities Development Consortium (NEUDC) Conference at Harvard Kennedy School on November 4-5, 2023.  This major forum in development economics welcomed academics from around the world to HKS.


This new initiative will welcome PhD and Postdoc researchers to pursue their research for a year in residence at Harvard Kennedy School, made possible by support from the UniCredit Foundation.

Research Programs & Initiatives

Building State Capability (BSC) researches new strategies and tactics to assist public organizations struggling with incomplete or ineffective policy implementation.

Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) conducts development economics research, training, and policy outreach.  EPoD aims to improve lives by designing, testing and enabling better policies worldwide. 

The Growth Lab pushes the frontiers of economic growth & development policy research, collaborates with policymakers to design actions, and shares insights through teaching, tools and publications.

The Colombia Education Policy Research Program aims to generate rigorous evidence to support education policies that increase educational opportunities for all students.

CID by the Numbers

Faculty affiliates across Harvard University
Approximate number of countries our work spans across
Academic research publications produced each year

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