The support of generous donors, friends and alumni has allowed the Center for International Development to fund groundbreaking research with world-renowned faculty, support the work of research fellows and graduate students, connect policymakers and business leaders with our cutting edge researchers and provide venture capital for new program initiatives on sustainable and international development issues.

To learn more about how you can support CID, please contact Acting Executive Director Andrea Carranza by e-mail or by phone at (617) 494-5734.

As a nonprofit academic research center, CID is supported through a variety of sponsored research grants, gifts, and endowments. Selected sponsors for specific programs include:

Santo Domingo Family
Alejandro Santo Domingo and his parents, Julio Mario Santo Domingo and Beatrice Santo Domingo, share CID's mission of dramatically expanding access to opportunity and empowering the underserved. The Santo Domingo Family believes that businesses play a vital role in creating vibrant and healthy communities. A Harvard College alumnus, Alejandro Santo Domingo is a member of the Board of SABMiller and manages the Santo Domingo Group, serving as Chairman of Grupo Empresarial Bavaria S.A., a privately-owned subsidiary of SABMiller, and acting as the Managing Director of Quadrant Capital Advisors, Inc. in New York City. An active philanthropist, he is a Member of the Board of the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, and serves as President of the Board of ALAS Foundation and a Trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Standard Bank Group
The Standard Bank Group is South Africa's largest bank and distinguished by its extensive operations in 17 African countries. With a heritage of over 150 years, Standard Bank Group is a leading integrated financial services group on the African continent. It has an on-the-ground presence in 20 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, fit-for-purpose representation outside Africa and a strategic partnership with ICBC. This unique footprint supports their strategy to connect African markets to each other and to pools of capital globally. Standard Bank’s multi-year gift allowed the Growth Lab to accelerate the pace of discovery – and application – of emerging theories of growth for emerging economies in Africa.


Investec Asset Management
Investec Asset Management (IAM) has grown from domestic roots in South Africa into an international asset management firm with $105bn in assets. IAM is committed to studying and understanding the drivers of sustained economic growth. Through its Investment Institute, the firm is supporting CID with its ground-breaking research and theories on Economic Complexity and the role of productive knowledge as a primary driver of growth. In addition, Investec Asset Management is also a Founding Member of The Atlas online. The insights from this research provide a new source of data for government policy making and for identifying long-term investment prospects.

BBVA is a multinational group providing financial services in over 30 countries and to 53 million customers. The Group has a solid leading position in the Spanish market, where it began operating over 150 years ago. It also has leading franchises in South America, it is the main financial institution in Mexico, one of the 15 biggest banks in the United States and has strategic investments in associates in Turkey and China. BBVA is working to build lasting relationships with  customers and provide maximum value to both our stakeholders and society at large with projects such as education, social entrepreneurship, research and culture.

CAF Development Bank of Latin America
CAF Development Bank of Latin America currently consists of eighteen countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe, as well as fourteen private banks from the Andean region. CAF promotes sustainable development and regional integration through efficient resource mobilization for the timely delivery of multiple, high added value financial services to public and private clients in their shareholder countries. The Atlas online helps CAF identify the resource capabilities of countries and regions and determine future opportunities for sustainable development.

The Coppel Group
Founded in Sinaloa, Mexico, in 1939, Coppel is one of the most successful businesses in Mexico and one of the most successful chains of department stores in Latin America. Grupo Coppel believes in the consolidation of societies in Mexico and Latin America where individuals face the same opportunities to develop their capacity to the fullest, are free to choose their destiny, and contribute to the development of their nation. As a result, Grupo Coppel developed the think tank “Ethos Public Policy Lab” to provide ideas, recommendations and public policy proposals in Mexico, focusing in the areas of poverty alleviation, economic and sustainable development and consolidation of democracy.

The International Centre for Sports Security
The International Centre for Sports Security (ICSS) is a ground breaking organization whose mission is to improve security, safety and integrity in sport by addressing real issues and providing world-leading services, skills, networks and knowledge. The ICSS is an global center with its headquarters in Doha, Qatar. The ICSS’s clients include key stakeholders such as event organizers, governments and bidding nations, infrastructure owners, sport associations, leagues and clubs. The ICSS works in security and risk advisory, training, research and knowledge gathering and all aspects across sport integrity.

Mindteck, a global product engineering and IT services company with US headquarters in Enola, PA, donated critical technical advisory and development services to The Atlas online. Enhancements to The Atlas include infrastructure upgrades, beta application testing, improved user interface, a technology roadmap and the development of the "Build your Story" feature.

United States International Trade Commission
The United States International Trade Commission (USTR) is an independent, quasijudicial Federal agency with broad investigative responsibilities on matters of trade. The mission of the Commission is to administer US trade remedy law, provide the President, USTR and Congress with independent analysis and support on matters of tariffs, international trade, and U.S. competitiveness and maintain the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States. The Atlas online provides USTR with invaluable data and research on international trade, U.S. competitiveness and tariffs.


Bancóldex is the entrepreneurial development bank of Colombia. It is committed to developing financial and non-financial instruments geared to enhance the competitiveness, productivity, growth and internationalization of Colombian enterprises. Leveraging on its unique relational equity and market position, Bancóldex manages financial assets, develops access solutions to financing and deploys innovative capital solutions, to foster and accelerate company growth. Besides offering traditional loans, Bancóldex has been appointed to implement several development program such as iNNpulsa Colombia, iNNpulsa Mipyme, Banca de las Oportunidades, and the Productive Transformation Program, all of them, in an effort to consolidate an integrated offer to promote Colombian business environment and overall competitiveness.

MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth
The mission of the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth is to empower people through inclusive economies. To accomplish this, the Center seeks to fill a critical need – invest in innovative and practical programs and connect the experience and knowhow of four key stakeholders: the development community, governments, academia, and business. The Center is working to create and translate research into tangible and actionable insights, partnering to reach micro-entrepreneurs with the tools and support necessary to join the formal financial economy, and expanding understanding into the drivers and barriers of inclusion.

Open Society Foundations
Investor and philanthropist George Soros established the Open Society Foundations to help countries make the transition from communism. The organization's mission is to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. With the help of the Open Society Foundations, and in cooperation with the new Government of Albania, CID launched a research project that aims at identifying Albania's binding constraints and proposing policy solutions that can relax them. A team of prominent researchers and experts in the fields of macroeconomics, energy policy, public finance, agriculture and labor markets, among other fields, was gathered for this mission.

Foundation for an Open America
Founded by Robert Hildreth, the Foundation for an Open America was a key partner, along with the Center for Global Development, in CID's Migration Project, which worked to understand and strengthen the links between migration, remittances and prosperity.

Center for Global Development
The Center for Global Development was a key partner, along with the Foundation for an Open America, in CID's Migration Project which worked to understand and strengthen the links between migration, remittances and prosperity.

Entrepreneurial Finance Lab Research Initiative
Funding and technical partners for CID's Entrepreneurial Finance Lab Research Initiative(EFLRI) include:

  • TechnoServe
  • Business Partners
  • Credinka/NCF
  • ABSA
  • Fina Bank
  • Caja Nuestra Gente
  • CrediScotia
  • Equity Bank
  • Bancamia
  • Bancolombia
  • SNV
  • Techneos

MPOWER Foundation
A significant seed grant from the MPOWER Foundation made possible the founding of CID's Empowerment Lab, which works to advance global research on financial empowerment and promote innovations that extend the reach of markets to developing countries The MPower Foundation empowers the underserved through investments in global research, policy, and social entrepreneurship. It is the philanthropic arm of MPOWER Labs, which builds companies whose products help the world's underserved.

From time to time, CID faculty have outside engagements with organizations that are also donors to CID initiatives, including The Atlas online. For more information, see the HKS faculty profile pages for public disclosures.