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.




A project to integrate climate-smart strategies into public health services in Nepal. A case study using Buenos Aires as a model of how solar geoengineering might affect climate and life in coastal megacities in developing countries. 


 CID is pleased to welcome a new cohort of fellows for the 2024 spring semester. CID’s fellows this spring include Mr. Patrick Achi, the former Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire, and CID’s inaugural class of fellows as part of the Center’s new Visiting Researcher Program.


The CID Visiting Researcher Program is seeking three postdoctoral fellows focused on education in Colombia and industrial policy. Apply by March 11th.


This one-week, on-campus executive education program rethinks the practice of economic policy, from design to implementation, led by Professor Ricardo Hausmann and Professor Matt Andrews.

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.


The Reimagining the Economy project explores local labor market, industrial, and development policies to reshape narratives about how we achieve inclusive prosperity.


The Social Protection Initiative brings together researchers, governments, and nonprofits to spur the next generation of cutting-edge research in social protection in low- and middle-income countries.

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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