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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.




GEM23: Growing in a Green World was held on May 10-11, 2023. Change-makers from academia, government, business, civil society, and philanthropy gathered to share insights and develop action-focused strategies and solutions to combat climate change, with a particular lens on developing countries.


Centers & students across Harvard are hosting a series of conversations spotlighting the situation in Afghanistan under Taliban rule. The series examines facets of gender, human rights, economic development, humanitarian aid, and political dynamics.


On March 24, 2023, CID co-hosted a conversation with Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe, live from Sri Lanka, moderated by professors Tarun Khanna, Harvard Business School, and Asim Khwaja, Harvard Kennedy School. The event concluded with questions from the Harvard community.


Leading Green Growth: Economic Strategies for a Low-Carbon World is a one-week on-campus executive education program developed by Harvard Kennedy School faculty. Participants will gain a foundational understanding of decarbonization and its economic impact.

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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