CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT(CID) faculty members and fellows are conducting research projects in 116 countries. Here are just a few examples. CID’s Beyond COVID project team is proposing collaborations across the world to address the health, economic, and social impacts of COVID-19.
Metroverse is a data visualization tool created by CID’s Growth Lab that provides economic data for more than 1,000 cities in 79 countries. It complements the Growth Lab’s flagship data visualization tool, the Atlas of Economic Complexity, which provides economic information for countries all over the world. Both tools offer growth and diversification paths for the future. They are part of the Growth Lab’s new Viz Hub portfolio of visualization tools, interactive stories, and supporting software.
Lecturer in Public Policy Zoe Marks worked with the Ministry of Education in Sierra Leone to develop a COVID-19 recovery plan, including support for reopening schools and strengthening secondary enrollment and retention.
Ethiopia, Albania, Peru
Growth Lab research has included modeling pandemic-related trade-offs, mapping the network of global business travel, identifying foreign exchange constraints in Ethiopia, tracking the migration of the Albanian diaspora, and uncovering environmentally friendly diversification opportunities in Peru.
Michela Carlana, an assistant professor of public policy, launched an online tutoring program to mitigate the effects of school closures on disadvantaged middle school students across Italy.
Assistant Professor of Public Policy Jie Bai and colleagues are studying ways to improve Uganda’s coffee industry.
The Growth Lab also worked with the government of Namibia as it explored new sources of macroeconomic growth and strategies for fiscal sustainability.
Building State Capability (BSC) worked with the states of Maranhão and Paraíba in Brazil to improve the delivery of public education.—
Zoe Marks is working with a team in Nigeria to understand the process of reintegrating people formerly involved with Boko Haram into civilian life.
Asim Khwaja, CID director and the Sumitomo–Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development Professor of International Finance and Development, coleads the Learning and Educational Achievements in Pakistan Schools (LEAPS) initiative to improve education in Pakistan.
Edward S. Mason Senior Lecturer in International Development Matt Andrews, the director of CID’s Building State Capability program, worked with the government of Croatia to improve digital health and governance reforms.
Rema Hanna, Jeffrey Cheah Professor of South-East Asia Studies and director of CID’s Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) program, worked with the government of Indonesia to launch a rapid online survey to monitor and respond accordingly to the socioeconomic impact of the pandemic.
Jie Bai and colleagues have been studying U.S.-China trade issues involving the auto industry in China.
Teddy Svoronos, a lecturer in public policy, is leading a training program for policymakers in India.
Assistant Professor of Public Policy Anders Jensen is working with local governments in Ghana to determine how to increase property tax revenues.
EPoD and MIT colleagues are working with collaborators in Morocco to provide training in capacity building as part of the Morocco Employment Lab.
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