Harvard Center for International Development (CID) is a research center working across the 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. CID is housed at Harvard Kennedy School.




The 2024 GEM Incubation Fund will provide financial support to new research collaborations which seek to incubate solutions, recommend policy action, and develop tools to advance gender equity in developing countries. 


This spring, the Harvard Center for International Development (CID) welcomed Mr. Patrick Achi, the former Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire, as a senior fellow focused on economic growth in Africa.


CID's annual Global Empowerment Meeting (GEM) was held on May 1-2, 2024. GEM24: Breaking Barriers for Women and Girls brought together leaders in international development to discuss ways to advance gender equity.


CID has launched a new directory of our faculty affiliates across Harvard University. Search our 125+ faculty affiliates by name, sector, school, or geographic region. 

Research Programs & Initiatives


Transforming education systems and developing personalized learning journeys at scale.


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 Reimagining the Economy project explores local labor market, industrial, and development policies to reshape narratives about how we achieve inclusive prosperity.


Creating and conducting large-scale online social economic surveys and experiments that shed light on people’s understanding and reasoning about economic matters.


The Social Protection Initiative brings together researchers, governments, and nonprofits to spur the next generation of cutting-edge research in social protection in low- and middle-income countries.


CID's Visiting Researcher Program welcomes PhD and Postdoc researchers to pursue their research for a year in residence at Harvard Kennedy School and join the tight-knit research community at CID.

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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