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Tariffs, Tea, and Trade: Research Notes from Sri Lanka

During large research engagements like the one conducted by the Growth Lab at Harvard’s Center for International Development in Sri Lanka from 2016-18, the research team produces many presentations, research notes, and other deliverables that share research findings incrementally with government counterparts. The Growth Lab team uses a variety of types of deliverables with the aim of developing adaptive collaborative...

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AIC: A Summer in Albania Working for Investment Capabilities Development

By Damian Galinsky

According to CID’s growth diagnostic findings on Albania, the country has the need to diversify and increase the complexity of the economic base.

As a Harvard Kennedy School student, I spent last summer as a CID intern working on the initial asset analysis and project selection for the Albanian Investment Corporation (AIC). The main objective of AIC is improving growth in Albania through the generation of the capability to identify, prepare, and develop vital projects for Albania.

My analysis was carried out by working...

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Learning Policy in Practice: Insights from the Growth Lab Summer Interns in Albania

Prepared by Daniela Muhaj and Jessie Lu

Town square in Albania with a statue

Three Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) students spent this past summer in Albania as Growth Lab interns, working with local counterparts to develop and implement programs on the ground and making the leap from the classroom to learning policy in practice. Recently, we hosted our interns – Damian Galinsky, Uriel Kejsefman, and Shivani Mishra – in a panel discussion to talk about the work they conducted and its role in the broader Growth Lab Albania strategy. They spoke to their experiences living and working in Albania as well as to lessons learned when trying to translate academic and theoretical insights into policy actions. Key highlights from this conversation are summarized below.... Read more about Learning Policy in Practice: Insights from the Growth Lab Summer Interns in Albania

The Case for the Albanian Investment Corporation

To support the growth strategy of Albania, to improve employment rates and the general well-being of its society, the Government of Albania (GOA) has been working since fall 2017 to develop a mechanism that could ensure timely preparation of needed investment projects and their financing under adequate conditions.

After a thorough due diligence process during 2018, and careful evaluation of different...

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