CID is a university-wide institution that designs and implements international technical assistance and training projects, conducts policy-oriented research, and contributes to both the theory and the practice of international development. Through its in-country development projects, and its conferences, publications, research, and outreach activities, the Center works to enhance the capacity of developing nations to meet critical challenges. Housed within the UAlbany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, the Center draws upon the State University of New York's vast intellectual and technical resources and serves as a key component of the university's overall commitment to excellence in international education, cross-cultural exchange, and sustainable development. CID works with a number of state agencies to plan meetings and seminars for delegations, which typically include parliamentarians from such countries as Ghana and Malawi. The Center also partners with the NYS Legislature to host CID fellows who work in the NYS Senate or Assembly.