June 2013

Featured Research Program
If you transplant a tree without its roots, it won't survive for long. The same can be said for complex reform programs abroad. If we simply transplant "best practices," but fail to understand local realities and root causes of problems, these reforms are likely to fail. Our new program, "Building State Capability," is creating new strategies and tactics for organizations to better execute and implement development programs. Instead of mimicking "best practices," Building State Capability is working on a policy approach that would adapt as it develops. This is called Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA). It assigns value to local leadership and front line workers and derives solutions from understanding the local problems and context.  Read more >>       
Featured Publication
Small borrowers with few connections or limited financial histories often find themselves locked out of credit markets, with important implications for social mobility. A range of new lending models hold promise for expanding financial access to these borrowers. One such model ---- peer-to-peer lending ---- provides a market-based mechanism to allocate funding by aggregating judgments about creditworthiness across individual lenders. New research by Asim Khwaja, Rajkamal Iyer, Erzo Luttmer and Kelly Shue shows that these lenders can outperform traditional credit scores in predicting default, effectively using nonstandard or "soft" information to assess credit risks. Read more >> 
Featured Publication
The complex network of international aid-coordination faces massive coordination barriers and decentralization. New research by Ricardo Hausmann, Michele Coscia and Cesar Hidalgo compares the structure of networks connecting countries to issues, countries to organizations and organizations to issues. They identify many countries that are poorly served, issues that are inadequately addressed, and organizations that focus on the wrong combination of places and issues. Read paper | Visit online tool >>

Rohini Pande

Rohini Pande: Standard Microcredit May Undermine Investment

Rising Tide: Is Growth in Emerging Economies Good for the United States?

Robert Lawrence

Rethinking Approaches to Managing Change in Fragile States 

Frauke de Weijer

NEUDC 2013  

Call for Papers 

Nov 2-3

Harvard Kennedy School 

Executive Education  

Rethinking Financial Inclusion: Smart Design for Policy and Practice 

Feb 23-28, 2014

Harvard Kennedy School 

The Logic of the Informal Economy    

Ricardo Hausmann - Project Syndicate  

Good governance: appearance or action?

Matt Andrews - Wider Angle  

Women in Charge

Rohini Pande - Finance and Development    

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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.