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.




Harvard University is taking a critical step forward in its commitment to international development this year. Effective as of January, CID, a research center based at the Harvard Kennedy School, is now an Interfaculty Initiative with oversight from the Office of the Provost.


For CID Faculty Affiliate Vincent Pons, the 2002 election marked the moment electoral democracy became “an ideal worth studying and fighting for.” He strives in his work to better understand the foundations of democracy in order to impact policy.


CID's annual Global Empowerment Meeting (GEM) was held on May 1-2, 2024. GEM24: Breaking Barriers for Women and Girls brought together leaders in international development to discuss ways to advance gender equity.


CID has launched a new directory of our faculty affiliates across Harvard University. Search our 125+ faculty affiliates by name, sector, school, or geographic region. 

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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