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Highlights from CID's Global Empowerment Meeting (GEM) 2020

The Global Empowerment Meeting (GEM) is the annual flagship event offering of Harvard’s Center for International Development, centered around the most cutting-edge work in international development.  Watch the recordings of all of the sessions on our Youtube channel.

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.

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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 117 countries


CID Director Asim I. Khwaja coauthors a multidisciplinary proposal with a team of experts, experienced researchers and practitioners to respond to COVID-19. Elements of the proposal are being tested in various places – including Pakistan – where several members of the team have been actively supporting the state’s response efforts at national and sub-national levels. 

Thanks to generous funding from The Review of Economics and Statistics, the Harvard Center for International Development (CID) and the Harvard Kennedy School Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy are pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for Harvard undergraduate and Master’s students pursuing original research on issues regarding inequality, both domestically and abroad. Projects addressing the impact of COVID-19 are particularly encouraged.

Governments are most important in times of public crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals, no matter how talented or self-reliant, look to their governments for help to empower or deploy the powers and potentialities of the collective. But many people tasked with leading public organizations in times of crises struggle to know if and how to rise to the occasion. In a series of blog posts, Building State Capability Faculty Director Matt Andrews shares ideas for leaders questioning how they can help and what kind of leadership is required in crises.

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