Committed to advancing inclusive growth and prosperity

Venezuela food shortages

Working to understand the dynamics of growth and to translate those insights into more effective policymaking.

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Conducting research with policymakers – frequently at scale – to build a direct road to impact.

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Researching new strategies and tactics to build the capability of public organizations.

State Capability
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Faculty and fellows are conducting research projects in 32 countries


Global Empowerment Meeting 2019

On April 9-10, 2019, CID hosted its 11th annual Global Empowerment Meeting with a focus on the coevolution of state capability and economic development. Drawing on ideas from cutting-edge academic thinkers – from Francis Fukuyama and James Robinson to experienced practitioners such as Senegal’s Aminata Touré and Albania’s Arben Ahmetaj – we learned about the relevance of institutional effectiveness to a country’s economic development.

    Asim Ijaz Khwaja appointed faculty director of the Center for International Development

    Harvard Kennedy School has named Asim Ijaz Khwaja as the faculty director of the School’s Center for International Development (CID). Khwaja will start his appointment as director of CID on July 1, 2019. 

    How Better Governance Can Improve the Lives of the World’s Poorest People

    In a major shift, the largest numbers of the poorest people aren’t in the poorest countries anymore. Instead, they make up the socioeconomic underclasses in nations that have recently achieved middle-income status. In this HKS Magazine profile, learn how researchers at Evidence for Policy Design and Building State Capability are engaging with national, state, and local officials and helping build capacity to deliver basic services.

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