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. The CID is Harvard’s leading research hub focusing on resolving the dilemmas of public policy associated with generating stable, shared, and sustainable prosperity in developing countries. Our ongoing mission is to apply knowledge to and revolutionize the world of development practice.

The CID's primary activities and programs seek to:

  • Change the way in which growth strategies are conceived, designed, and implemented
  • Reinvent development policy to facilitate countries’ move to higher productivity activities
  • Extend markets to the underserved and empower the disenfranchised
  • Improve service delivery in education, health, and other social services
  • Design institutions, policies and practices that promote sustainable development which meet human needs while conserving the earth’s life support systems

In order to effectively address the world’s most intractable problems, the CID seeks to bridge the gaps between disciplines. By convening Harvard’s leading experts and engaging colleagues throughout the world, CID pursues the science of explaining the sources of and remedies for entrenched global poverty, and the political and environmental circumstances that surround it. 

As a University-wide research center, CID draws upon faculty, staff, and researchers from the Kennedy SchoolFaculty of Arts and SciencesSchool of Public HealthMedical School,Graduate School of EducationGraduate School of Design,Law School, and Business School.

Though housed at the Kennedy School, connections with all of these schools positions the CID to engage directly with governments and to access policy makers to effect good policy decisions and increase prosperity in all regions of the globe.

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.

Ricardo Hausmann, Professor of the Practice of Economic Development at the Kennedy School, became the Director of CID on October 12, 2005. CID also has a faculty Steering Committee.

Harvard’s students of international development will be future policy leaders of the world. Through both graduate and undergraduate fellowships, as well as close ties to theMaster’s of Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) at the Kennedy School, CID is investing in the future of global development.

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Research Programs
Research at CID is conducted through three primary programs that address the core intellectual challenges of sustainable development.

These programs are: The Growth LabEvidence for Policy Design (EPoD), and Building State Capability.

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Contact Information 
CID is located on floors 3, 4, and 5 of the Rubenstein Building in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Mailing Address:
Center for International Development at Harvard University
Harvard Kennedy School
79 JFK Street Box 34
Cambridge, MA 02138

Questions and requests for additional information may be directed to:
Tel: +1 617-495-4112
Fax: +1 617-496-8753
Email: cid_events@harvard.edu