A Message from the Director

The Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University is a university-wide center that works to advance the understanding of development challenges and offer viable solutions to problems of global poverty. CID is Harvard's leading research hub focusing on how best to generate stable, shared, and sustainable prosperity in developing countries. Our ongoing mission is to apply knowledge to and revolutionize the world of development practice.

The leadership of CID recognizes that solutions to global challenges are possible, but will require breakthroughs in approaches at the cutting edge of the hard sciences, the social sciences, ethics, and politics. Moreover, to effectively address these challenges we recognize that no one approach will be sufficient. Instead, we need to enable a variety of disciplines and a range of historical, macro- and micro- perspectives that seek to understand and address the process of development. In order to do so, we will leverage Harvard’s unique and global convening power to bring together the best talent in the world to address some of its most pressing problems. This entails drawing not only on Harvard’s leading experts but also engaging with colleagues throughout the world.

Though housed at the Harvard Kennedy School, as a university-wide research center, CID draws upon faculty, staff, and researchers from a wide range of Harvard’s schools including but not limited to the Harvard Kennedy School, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Business School, Harvard School of Public Health, and the Graduate School of Education. Connections with all of these schools position CID to offer the full and collective strength of Harvard’s faculty, staff, and students in addressing the challenges of development.

Research at CID is conducted by our affiliates at Harvard and beyond, including three distinct programs within CID: