INCAE, Harvard, and International Development: Research for Progress in Central America

  • Nanette Svenson
Part of the International and Development Education book series (INTDE)


This chapter explores the development of research activity in the Central American Institute of Business Administration (INCAE), particularly in its Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS), and the role Harvard University has played in this evolution. It examines the INCAE-Harvard partnership, results generated, CLACDS’s affiliation with key international development actors, and how this combination of inputs has propelled INCAE and CLACDS to the forefront of knowledge generation for Central American development. Key outputs in recent years include national and regional monitoring for the World Economic Forum and Social Progress Index; the Central American Private Sector Initiative for improved public policy; joint projects with the United Nations for microfinance and sustainable development; and hundreds of publications in regional and international journals.


INCAE CLACDS Harvard University Higher education Research partnership Competitiveness Sustainable development Central America Latin America 



Several individuals were critical to developing this chapter. Immense appreciation is extended to these scholars for contributing their personal accounts, which add another dimension to the documented facts and figures of the INCAE-Harvard history: George Cabot Lodge (Professor Emeritus of Harvard Business School), Harry Strachan (Professor Emeritus and former Rector of INCAE), Roberto Artavia (former Rector of INCAE and founding Director of CLACDS), John Ickis (Dean of Faculty at INCAE), and Ana Maria Majano (Associate Director of CLACDS).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nanette Svenson
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  1. 1.Global Development ProgramTulane UniversityNew OrleansUSA

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