The mission of Ball State's Center for International Development (CID) is to leverage the skills, expertise and creativity of Ball State University and partners to promote social, educational, political and economic advancement worldwide, particularly in less developed countries.
CID currently manages more than $14 million in grants and contracts. Current and former sponsors include the U.S. Department of State, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Countries assisted by Ball State include Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Libya, Mongolia, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Vietnam as well as countries throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.
Current projects include university partnerships with institutions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan and consulting services for a two-year technical institute in Afghanistan. Ball State is one of the ten most active U.S. universities in the field of higher education assistance in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.
With funds supplied by the U.S. State Department, CID also receives international visitors from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Libya for professional development and introduces them to American society and principles.
Ball State's areas of expertise featured in these sponsored projects include:
- Youth unemployment
- Career services
- Women in the workforce
- English language training
- Rule of law
- Journalism and telecommunications
- Strengthening higher education
- Technical and vocational education and training