Center for International Development

Ball State's Center for International Development (CID) serves as a unifying resource for faculty members with shared interests in alleviating poverty and contributing to the economic and social development of the world's most fragile and conflict-affected countries.


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11.3.15 - CID Quarterly Newsletter

Center for International Development has released the final newsletter for the year 2015. Take a sneak peak to learn more about our recent activities, both domestically and internationally, spotlight series, and ways to get involved with us.  

10.19.15 - Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP) featured in The Ball State Daily News

Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP) for high school students is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by Meridian International Center, a Washington, DC based non-profit institution. Take a look at the article and learn more about this amazing program.

7.23.15 - CID Quarterly Newsletter

Take a look at CID's Quarterly Newsletter, which includes Executive Director's welcome message, updated on our current summer activities, spotlight series, upcoming events, and different ways to get involved with CID. Please subscribe, if you would like to receive our quarterly newsletter to your email! 

6.23.15 - U.S. University Delegation to Iran Paves the Way for Closer Higher Education Cooperation

Center for International Development's Executive Director, Dr. Kenneth Holland, recently traveled to Iran on a U.S. "education diplomacy" trip. The story was published by The Star Press, local newspaper, and by the Institute of International Education (IIE).   

3.10.15 - The World Bank Published an Article on the Successful Work at NIMA

The World Bank has published another article, highlighting the successful progress that has been done at the National Institute of Management and Administration (NIMA). Established in 2009, the institute is becoming more and more attractive for youth education in Afghanistan. Currently, there are approximately 1000 students enrolled, including nearly 300 females. 

2.11.15 - Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) 

Dr. Kenneth Holland was selected by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) to participate in a roundtable discussion on building rule of law in Afghanistan. 

1.27.15 - NIMA Entrance Exam

NIMA Entrance Exam was successfully administered in Kabul, Mazar, Kandahar, Gardez, Herat, and Jalalabad. A total number of 2400 students reregistered for the NIMA Entrance Exam. The test will also be given in Bamyan by the middle of February. Results of the examination will be ready by March 1, 2015.

1.21.15 - CID Quarterly Newsletter

We are excited to share the inaugural issue of the Center for International Development Quarterly Newsletter. We will release these newsletters quarterly to keep you informed of the current events here at CID as well as opportunities for your continued engagements with our program. We will also use this as a way to share the success stories of our program alumni and draw attention to some of the creative ways that Ball State University is playing a role in the evolving environment of international development. 

01.20.15 - Rule of Law Roundtable

Dr. Kenneth Holland, Executive Director of Center of International Development, has been selected by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) to participate in a roundtable discussion on February 11 on building rule of law in Afghanistan. 

12.03.14 - Nouakchott English Center

Nouakchott English Center in Nouakchott, Mauritania, recently received a gift of books from us. During the Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP), we had five students and one adult mentor come from the Nouakchott English Center. Please see our Flickr page for photos! 

11.03.14 - Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) 2015

Meridian International Center is now accepting applications for the 2015 Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) for undergraduate students. Applications are due December 10th, 2015 by 11:59 pm (Iraq time).  

10.29.14 - International Development Consortium

The first International Development Consortium (IDC) meeting will take place at the Ball State University Indianapolis Center on Friday, October 31, 2014. If you are interested in collaborating on the future IDCs, please get in touch with our Associate Director, Nick Sabato, at

10.27.14 - Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP) 

The Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP) has officially been completed for the year 2014. We have hosted a total of 56 students and 11 adult mentors from 15 different countries. We are excited to announce that we will be continuing with the program in 2015, as well. Learn more about PAYLP and view the photos from this years program on our Flickr account. Thanks to all of those who have contributed to the program!

09.29.14 - International Development Award and Appreciation Ceremony

Center for International Development held its first International Development Awards and Appreciation Ceremony on Wednesday, September 24th at the David Owsley Museum of Art. Over 200 faculty members and community partners have contributed to alleviate property and improve education in some of the world's most vulnerable countries. The International Development Award was created to recognize outstanding efforts in international work. The winners for 2014 include: Faculty Award, Dr. Shaheen Borna and Community Award, Dr. Sabir and Bibi Bahrami.

07.08.14 - Center for International Development (CID) is featured in two premier international education journals

Ball State and Center for International Development (CID) has been featured in two stories that were published in the country's premier international education journal, International Educator, a publication of NAFSA: Association of International Educators

06.09.14 - Letter of commendation from the Institute of International Education (IIE)

Center for International Development's Director, Dr. Kenneth Holland, has received a letter of commendation from the President & Chief Executive Officer of Institute of International Education (IIE), Allan E. Goodman, for the Myanmar pilot course. Please, read the full letter to learn more. 

05.28.14 - Dr. Gregory visited BSU-CID to explore research collaborations

Dr. Gregory visited BSU-CID to explore research collaborations for faculty and study abroad opportunities for students. She is seeking a partnership between Salford University in the UK and Ball State University primarily in the area of Communication, Information and Media. Salford, for example, collaborates with the BBC at its downtown campus in Manchester, England.

04.22.14 - The World Bank published an article on NIMA's success, April 22

Please, take a look at the article that the World Bank published on their website about our work with National Institute of Management and Administration (NIMA). NIMA has taken first steps in becoming a first Technical and Vocational Education Training institution to earn international accreditation.  

04.09.14 - Cohen Peace Fellowship Presentation, April 17 

Jacob Cooper, Cohen Peace Fellowship Recipient, will discuss his research project titled "Soccer for Peace in Jordan: A Qualitative Analysis of Program Effect" on April 17th, 2-3PM at the Student Center Room 305. Mr. Jacob Cooper's project aims to learn about the experiences of Jordanian soccer coaches participating in a "Sports for Peace and Understanding" program.    

04.01.14 - The "Good News" Report for March, 2014

Please view our "Good News" report for the month of March, 2014. It includes an in depth summary of all activities CID team members have been involved in. 

03.28.14 - US Delegation Visit to Isra University

Isra University (IU) welcomed the second delegation from Ball State University as a part of the Isra University & Ball State University Partnership Program. The alliance involves collaboration on building research capacity of the host institute and faculty & research students’ exchange as key ingredients of the partnership.

03.10.14 - We Are Active On Your Favorite Social Media Platforms

Give us a like on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, to stay up to date on all of our current news. 

03.03.14 - National Institute of Management and Administration (NIMA) Promotional Video

Please, take a look at the most recent promotional video for National Institute of Management and Administration. The footage was shot by Afghanistan Film Team and edited by the Center for International Development (CID). 

02.12.14 -  Ball State Receives Praise for Contributions to Flawless Entrance Exam.

Ball State University was among those praised for contributions leading to a vastly improved entrance exam process for candidates for the Afghan National Institute of Management and Administration (NIMA).  More details on the project can be found here.

12.23.13 - U.S. State Department Cites Successful Ball State - Iraqi HCED Collaboration.

The Higher Committee for Education Development (HCED) - English Language Center (ELC) opened in early October in Baghdad to teach ESL to scholarship holders from HCED and the Government of Iraq’s Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research scholarship program. The U.S. Government provided a $1 million grant to Ball State University to fund faculty and teacher-trainers to work in Baghdad on placement testing, curriculum development, and teacher training for Iraqi English language teachers. HCED scholarship students will study at the ELC until they earn a score of 500 on the PBT TOEFL. Then they will continue their ESL instruction at universities in the United States, UK, or Australia. About 500 students per year are expected to study at the HCED-ELC when it reaches capacity. Download the flyer from the HCED-ELC.

10.17.13 – BSU awarded grant to host Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program in 2014.

Meridian International has selected Ball State University as a host university in its Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program in summer, 2014. Ball State will present the Entrepreneurship and Community Development institute, introducing twenty-five Iraqi undergraduate students to both business and social entrepreneurship concepts, with a focus on how business techniques can be used to address social issues. The students will deepen their understanding of social entrepreneurship and its potential to improve the lives of the Iraqi people through a combination of classroom instruction, interaction with Americans, site visits, experiential learning, and presentations of their ideas to a variety of audiences.

Ball State is one of five universities involved in the program and was selected based on a successful program in the summer of 2013.

6.24.13 - BSU one of five U.S. universities selected for partnership program with Vietnam.

The Institute of International Education announced that it has selected five U.S. universities to participate in the 2013 - 2014 International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP) focusing on Vietnam. Over the next year, international education professionals at each of these institutions will participate in a series of training activities arranged by IIE to help them develop their strategy and implement and sustain partnerships with counterparts in Vietnam. The five U.S. campuses are: Ball State University, Fort Hays State University, Marquette University, Northern Arizona University, and Stetson University. Click here for the press release.

Current Grant Projects

Each current grant project page contains detailed partnership information and a description of the project.  If you are interested in additional information on a particular grant, or if you are interested in grant opportunities, please contact us at

Grant Opportunities

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Completed Grant Projects

Each completed grant project page contains detailed partnership information and photos from site visits (if available). If you are interested in additional information on a particular grant, please contact us at

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