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Building a thriving world for all.

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State Capability

Researching new strategies and tactics to assist public organizations struggling with incomplete or ineffective policy implementation.

Fishing poles in Sri Lanka
Income Ratio

The Growth Lab works to understand the dynamics of growth and to translate those insights into more effective policymaking in developing countries. We place increased economic diversity and complexity at the center of the development story and uncover how countries move into industries that offer increased productivity.

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EPoD SPDi Methodology

Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) conducts development economics research, training, and policy outreach.  We aim to improve lives by designing, testing and enabling better policies worldwide. We work closely with policymakers to solve some of the most pressing policy problems through innovation, testing and iteration at all stages of solution development.

CID COVID-19 Response & Resource Page

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the lives of people around the world, but those in developing countries are likely to suffer the most in the face of this global crisis. At the Center for International Development (CID@Harvard), we see this as a call to action. We are responding quickly in the following ways to implement solutions: we are collecting funding information; we are connecting researchers, foundations, and policymakers to channel our resources; and we are sharing the most up-to-date work of our experts to ensure it is reaching those who need it most.

Inside CID

Faculty and fellows are conducting research projects in 116 countries


We are pleased to announce the availability of several financial awards recognizing exceptional original research by Harvard undergraduate,  Master’s, and PhD students on issues of inequality, both domestically and abroad. Research on the impact of Covid-19 is particularly encouraged.

A Celebration of International Women’s Day with Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2021, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan joined the Center for International Development, Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative, Women and Public Policy Program, and the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School to discuss women’s empowerment, cross-cultural dialogue, and innovative solutions to global challenges. 

Promoting Sustainable Growth in Peru's Amazon Region

Located in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, Loreto is Perú’s largest state and also among the least densely populated. The region’s geography and the remoteness of its capital pose economic, social, and environmental challenges. As part of an 8-month project, Growth Lab researchers generated policy recommendations related to Loreto’s productive ecosystem, its binding constraints to growth, and the structural transformation of its economy.

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