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Sub-Saharan Africa

Scholarly Publications

The Quality of Two Liberal Democracies in Africa: Ghana and South Africa

December 2003

While the Third Wave of Democracy swept through many African countries in the 1990s, South Africa and Ghana stand out as two of the continent’s real success stories politically.

Post-Communist Paradox: How the Rise of Parliamentarism Coincided with the Demise of Pluralism in Moldova

August 2004

Among the constellation of states with interesting constitutional stories to tell, tiny Moldova holds a unique place.

Dams and Development: Transnational Struggles For Water and Power

August 2004

Big dams built for irrigation, power, water supply, and other purposes were among the most potent symbols of economic development for much of the twentieth century.

Other Publications

Bottom of the Barrel: Africa's Oil Boom and the Poor

June 2003

Oil Boom: Peril or Opportunity?

On the Brink: Weak States and US National Security

June 2004

The Center for Global Development opened its doors in November 2001, just two months after the terrorist attacks of September 11.

Prospects for Democratic Development in Africa

December 1997

Although Africa has been one of the least democratic regions of the world, it has been experiencing widespread pressures for democratic change since 1990.

News

Quality of democracy workshop

October 2003

Leading democracy scholars from all over the world held a two-day workshop October 10-11 on "The Quality of Democracy: Improvement or Subversion?" organized by the Center on Democracy, Development...

Twenty-seven Stanford Summer Fellows on Democracy and Development announced for 2007

May 2007

The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford University is pleased to announce its new class of Stanford Summer Fellows on Democracy and Development.

Renowned political economist and author Francis Fukuyama speaks on state-building

May 2004

In a May 14 lecture hosted by the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Francis Fukuyama, PhD -- professor of international political economy at Johns Hopkins University and...

Events

Mobile Money - Realizing the Potential for Impact

April 14, 2011

Mobile payment systems launched in Africa, Asia, and Latin America now offer anyone with a mobile phone the ability to store money electronically and send it to other phone users, without visiting...

Why being resource poor helps post-war development

October 23, 2007

Desha is a doctoral candidate at Stanford, where she researches the effects of international organizations on local institution-building.

Projects

Program on Liberation Technology

The Program on Liberation Technology at Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law seeks to understand how information technology can be used to improve governance, empower...
English

Program on Social Entrepreneurship

"Transforming ripples into waves of transformational change across the world" Vision: The Program on Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law...
English

State Building and the Rule of Law

The establishment of rule of law is an integral component of state development.
English

Multimedia

Francis Fukuyama speaks on "Political Order and Political Decay"

October 2014

Francis Fukuyama describes "Political Order and Political Decay," highlighting the inspiration behind his new book and defining 'decay' using examples from America's political system. Fukuyama is the FSI Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford...

The Heart of the Matter: The Humanities and Social Sciences for a Vibrant, Competitive and Secure Nation

November 2014

Karl Eikenberry, a distinguished fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, believes that the humanities belong at the center of American foreign policy. And his voice matters.

Remarks for the Annual Meeting of the National Humanities Alliance

March 2013

Karl Eikenberry, a distinguished fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, former U.S.

People

James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Pascaline Dupas Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Economics, Senior Fellow, SIEPR
Raymond Levitt Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Jessie Brunner Research Assistant, PHR
Kathleen Kelly Janus Lecturer, Program on Social Entrepreneurship
Katherine Welsh Administrative Associate, CDDRL