Past Projects

Aid Explorer
Developed as a tool to facilitate better aid coordination. Users can relate any aid organization or development issue with a country and determine whether the agencies with an interest in that particular country also have an interest in the issue. Users can also rank organizations in terms of how well they match the priorities of the countries they work with.

The Africa Growth Lab worked to identify the most important constraints on African growth and to recommend interventions that can relax these constraints. Our researched covered four thematic areas: Productivity and Economic Growth, Innovations in Financial Services and Governance and Leadership.

Albania: Economic Growth/Diversification and Institutional Strengthening
This multi-phase project (2013-2021) aimed to help Albania gain macroeconomic stability, develop sectors that can be sustainable drivers of growth in exports and jobs, identify ways of engaging with Albania's diaspora, assist with the emergence of new growth actors, and increase the government’s capability to implement policies and reforms.

Chiapas, Mexico
Collaboration (2014-2015) with the Mexican Ministry of Finance to examine the underlying causes of poverty in Mexico's poorest state. Our team of scholars and research fellows generated six reports including Complexity Report, Growth Diagnostic, Poverty Profile and Policy Recommendations.

Dominican Republic Project
A team from the Center for International Development collaborated with the Dominican government to develop a strategy to create a highly-productive, internationally competitive economy. With a vision for 2030, this team of scholars, practitioners, and government agencies hopes to revitalize the Dominican economy, promoting inclusive growth and sustainable human development.

Functional Structures of U.S. State Governments
Research collaboration (2016-2018) involving Harvard's Growth Lab and the Center for Complex Network Research at Northeastern University. Researchers developed a technique for mapping Internet "footprint" of government with network science methods. They used the approach to describe and analyze the diversity in functional scale and structure among the 50 state governments reflected in the webpages and links they have created online.

Global Trade Negotiations 
A portal (1999-2007) for trade research, activity, proceedings and debate.

Jordan: Macro-Economic Stability and Long-Term Growth
A project (2018-2019) to deliver research targeted toward building a foundation for macroeconomic stability and long-term growth, with a focus on understand constraints to growth and key opportunities. 

Kazakhstan Strategy and Policy
This report (2005) is a collection of policy memos that deal with the choices the government faces going forward in the broad area of macroeconomic policies, including fiscal policy and institutions, monetary and exchange rate arrangements and policies, financial policies, industrial policy, trade policy and broad issues in institutional development.

Mexico Competitiveness Report
The key strengths and weaknesses of Mexico’s economic landscape are explored in this comprehensive report co-produced with the World Economic Forum (WEF). The Mexico Competitiveness Report 2009 was released in late June at a workshop in Mexico City attended by several top-level government officials, including Mexican President Felipe Calderón MPA/MC 2000.

Migration Project
Committed to understanding and strengthening the links between migration, remittances and prosperity. The Project (2009-2011) also worked to expand the possibilities for comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S. by bringing a development lens to the domestic policy debate.

Research initiative (2016-2017) aimed at exploring export diversification opportunities, and identifying goods and services that are likely to develop at the national and sub-national level. We studied the underlying conditions and made an effort to pinpoint potential binding constraints facing Panama in the process of shifting gears.

Security and Development Seminar Series
Over the 2016-2017 academic year, CID hosted four high-level discussions exploring the intersections between security, growth, and development in Latin America. Led by Thomas Abt, Senior Research Fellow at CID, and Joao Manoel Pinho de Mello, Lemann Visiting Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, the sessions featured presentations from prominent academics, practitioners, and policymakers.

South Africa Growth Initiative
The Growth Lab and the Center for International Development convened a panel of international experts from Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Michigan, and other institutions to work with South African economists to study that country's constraints to and opportunities for accelerated growth (2006-2008).

Sports Complexity
Collaborative research project (2013-2015) with the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) to examine the factors that influence the development of a robust and sustainable sports sector.

Sri Lanka
Multi-phase research project (2015-2017) in collaboration with the Government of Sri Lanka aimed on putting growth on a sustainable and inclusive footing. Research included Growth Diagnostics and Economic Complexity analyses, and strategic support for empowering exporters to compete globally; upgrading knowhow for diversification; and achieving growth across regions. Collaborated with Building State Capability program who mobilized PDIA teams to work on improving the business and investment climate.

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