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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.




We made a big bet in the 2022 - 2023 academic year in launching a five-year “BCD” strategy to Build, Convene, and Deploy talent to build a thriving world for all. We are delighted to share some of the highlights from our work this past academic year and our future plans in our 2023 Annual Letter.


This new initiative will welcome PhD and Post-Doc researchers to pursue their research for a year in residence at Harvard Kennedy School. We are now accepting applications for the 2023 Visiting PhD Fellowship.


CID will host the 2023 North East Universities Development Consortium (NEUDC) Conference at Harvard Kennedy School. This major forum in development economics welcomes academics from around the world November 4–5, 2023. We are no longer accepting paper submissions. Registration is open. 


Evidence for Equity (Online) is a one-week live online executive program that empowers leaders with the skills needed to diagnose and analyze inequalities, and tackle and transform them to achieve more inclusive and effective policy outcomes. 

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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