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. 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.
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, 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.