CID's flagship event brings together leaders and thinkers from development, government, business and philanthropy. Each year the group engages around the major development problems in the world today, and explores cutting-edge ideas to solve them. The theme in 2017 was "the sense of us," and its implications for economies and societies. Speakers included Harvard professors Michele Lamont and Joshua Greene on moral and cultural foundations; author Robert Wright on human development and cooperation; and Brown professor Mark Blythe on globalization and the backlash of populism.
CID, the MasterCard Center on Inclusive Growth, and the World Economic Forum's Meta-Council on Inclusive Growth hosted the Symposium on Inclusive Growth and Development on October 1-2, 2015 at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). The Symposium is part of a collaboration to find sustainable and scalable solutions to foster inclusive growth. Eleven proposals - spanning education, entrepreneurship, finance, government, IT, and labor markets - were selected through a competitive worldwide call and vetted by a jury of leading economists, business leaders and development professionals. The “inventors” were paired with experts in the respective fields to help refine their concepts and provided access to top thinkers and potential funders to help launch their initiatives. The ideas were presented by their authors and discussed by experts during the Symposium.
More than 50 independent scholars and experts from around the world gathered at HKS on January 5, 2015 to discuss critical policy choices facing Vietnam in the next five years. H.E. Mr. Pham Quang Vinh, Vietnam Ambassador to the U.S., delivered the keynote address. The event was sponsored by the Vietnam Initiatives at Indiana University, the International Society of Vietnam Economists, and the Center for International Development at Harvard University.
Some 40 development professionals from around the world attended the workshop in October 2014. Led by Prof. Matt Andrews and Leni Wild, Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute, discussions focused on examples of real change. While the examples employ different tools, they generally hold to similar core principles: being problem driven, iterative with lots of learning and engagement, while producing hybrid solutions that are context-specific and politically smart.
Governance reforms are common in development. Unfortunately, recent research shows that they often lead to governments that look better but do not produce better results. This 2013 workshop presents examples of such reforms and asks if the governance agenda could have more impact.
NEUDC is a major forum in development economics. NEUDC has organized annual conferences in development economics since 1967. The location and sponsorship of the annual NEUDC conference usually rotates among the organizing institutions: Boston University, Brown University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University, Williams College and Yale University. The 2013 conference was held in November at CID.
The Center for International Development, the AFD, the Pop Center and World Bank International hosted the 4th Annual Migration and Development Conference on June 10-11, 2011. This conference, which took place at the Harvard Kennedy School, focused on advancing the dialogue on migration as a central issue for global development.
Harvard Symposium on Argentina
Three governors, several members of congress, legislators, mayors and officials, all together, despite belonging to different political parties, debating and arriving at conclusions for the future. Where and when was the miracle? From April 15 to 17, 2010, the Harvard Symposium at Argentina, titled "Imagining the Future of Argentina," took place at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Argentina's RAP Foundation (Political Action Network) co-sponsored the event with CID and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.