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Program Manager: Joaquin Vial
Collaborators at CID: Geoffrey Kirkman, Carlos Osorio, Robert Jensen, Colin Maclay, John McArthur, Meredith Pearson, Jeffrey Sachs, Sara Sievers
The Center for International Development at Harvard University (CID) launched a series of projects and collaborative activities with organizations in the Dominican Republic (DR) aimed at promoting socio-economic development within the DR.
The initiative was consistent with the mission of the CID, which is to develop a deep understanding of the range of issues surrounding the economic development process. In conjunction with partner organizations in the Dominican Republic and the U.S., the CID carried out both top-down and bottom-up projects that created an appropriate macro level environment for economic development. The key components of this work emphasized economic competitiveness and information technology. With its partners, the CID also developed on-the-ground projects that focused on specific issues related to children. The Program also worked with the Dominican communities in the U.S. (particularly in New England) and with the Dominican and U.S. baseball community to create real and positive change in the DR.
Information Technology (IT) Readiness: The CID worked on developing a coherent vision around IT for the Dominican Republic, through in-depth study, a series of workshops and extended dialogue with leaders within the country.
Economic Competitiveness: The CID carried out a major initiative focused on strengthening existing and developing new sources of economic competitiveness for the Dominican Republic.
Children and Development: We explored issues of development centered around children, including education, child labor, gender, health, fertility, and children's rights. Specific projects and interventions were proposed to initially take place in Manoguayabo. The CID also placed special emphasis upon the role of information technology within schools to improve the learning process and to help prepare Dominican society to participate more fully in the Information Economy.
Baseball and Development: Baseball is an important economic and social activity in the Dominican Republic - thousands of children strive to become professional baseball players, but very few of them actually make it to the big leagues. What happens to those that do not? The Program examined the current system of recruitment, major league baseball camps, and the Dominican leagues to see if there are areas which could be changed to improve the lives of aspiring and unsuccessful youth in the Dominican baseball system (teaching a wider range of skills -English, Internet, math and science, etc.). The possibility of working with past and present Dominican baseball players and Major League Baseball on this issue was also explored.
Fostering Links Between New England and the DR: The potential for enhancing mutual understanding and learning between the Dominican Republic and New England was explored through schools, technology centers and other means. The CID also helped to create a scholarship fund that will help Dominican students to attend Harvard. Once these students are here, we CID aimed to help guide their education and prepare them for careers that will contribute to the future of the Dominican Republic.