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International Development

International Development

FSI researchers consider international development from a variety of angles. They analyze ideas such as how public action and good governance are cornerstones of economic prosperity in Mexico and how investments in high school education will improve China’s economy.

They are looking at novel technological interventions to improve rural livelihoods, like the development implications of solar power-generated crop growing in Northern Benin.

FSI academics also assess which political processes yield better access to public services, particularly in developing countries. With a focus on health care, researchers have studied the political incentives to embrace UNICEF’s child survival efforts and how a well-run anti-alcohol policy in Russia affected mortality rates.

FSI’s work on international development also includes training the next generation of leaders through pre- and post-doctoral fellowships as well as the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program.

Recent Events

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The potential and challenges of customer feedback in the public sector

January 29, 2016

AbstractThis talk will present the Pakistan Citizen Feedback Monitoring Program (CFMP), which, leveraging the ubiquitous presence of ordinary cell phones, aims to fight petty corruption, improve...

Advancing Human Rights through Tech and Data

November 20, 2015

Human rights groups have only two assets: people and information.  Learn about Benetech's decade of putting information technology tools into the hands of human rights activists, with the goal of...

Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology

November 6, 2015

Over the last four decades, the United States saw an explosion of digital technologies that penetrated every corner of the country, yet during the same time span, the American rate of poverty did...

Crowdsourced Democracy: Algorithms, Platforms, and Mechanisms

October 22, 2015

While social media pervades many aspects of our lives, it has not yet proved to be an effective tool for large scale decision making: crowds of hundreds, perhaps millions, of individuals...

Leveraging Citizen Science and ICT for Population-Wide Health Promotion

October 15, 2015

Abstract:While technology is a major “driver” of many of society’s comforts, conveniences, and advances, it has engineered regular physical activity and a number of other positive health behaviors...

Bringing Connectivity through Community-Owned Cellular Networks

October 1, 2015

Cellular networks are one of the most impactful technologies of the last century, with over 3.5 billion active users in just under 25 years of operation.

Crowdsourcing a Meeting of Minds

January 16, 2015

Crowdsourcing is an increasingly powerful method for combining amateurs' efforts to recreate an expert's abilities.

One Step at a Time: The Effects of an Early Literacy Text Messaging Program for Parents of Preschoolers

January 9, 2015

AbstractSubstantial systematic differences exist in children’s home learning experiences.

Scaling Products in Low-Income Markets

March 7, 2014

Abstract:Growing global design expertise and interconnectedness makes it possible for a small organization to address stubborn large-scale social problems.

Trauma and Technology: The Role of ICT in Women’s Safety and Mental Health Interventions

February 28, 2014

  Abstract: This talk is motivated by increased efforts in ICTD to lower rates of violence against women (VAW) worldwide.

The Fight for Internet Freedom

February 21, 2014

**** PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION**** AbstractThe Internet makes lives better, around the world, in ways people couldn't have imagined not even a decade ago.

Technology for Social Benefit and Civic Engagement: CITRIS and the Data & Democracy Initiative

February 14, 2014

AbstractSocial media and new technology are being harnessed for social benefit in contexts from healthcare, economic development, and sustainable energy to civic engagement and government...

Positive Innovation for the Next Generation: Adventures Building Mobile Health Solutions and Bridging the Digital Divide with Youth in Southern Africa

January 24, 2014

  AbstractThe story, experiences and lessons learned moving to Botswana and building an organization from the ground up that worked on mobile health solutions with a specific methodology to address...

A Novel Approach to Crowdsource: the Detection and Management of Large-scale Cholera Outbreaks

January 17, 2014

AbstractDiarrheal disease is the second leading cause of death for children under five years of age, globally.

Are Crowdsourced Maps the Future of Community Self-Governance? Food, Land, and Water

January 10, 2014

AbstractEarlier generations of radicals understood themselves to be in an ongoing battle against the privatization of land and water.  They instrumentalized maps in the court system as a tool for...

Initial Findings:Applying Human Centered Design to Governance Challenges

November 8, 2013

AbstractWe know poor governance when we see it, and we also have models of effective, responsive, and accountable governments across the globe.

***Change of Speaker***- Jack Madans

October 24, 2013

             Jack Madans' work with CfA’s government partners ranges broadly from innovation policy and open data efforts to change management and community organizing.

Combating Corruption with Mobile Phones in India

October 17, 2013

AbstractI will discuss an ambitious project by the Program on Liberation Technology to fight corruption with mobile phones.

Crowdsourcing in Policy-Making: The Impact of Blended Expertise on Law-Making Process

October 3, 2013

AbstractThis talk reports on a study about the impact of crowdsourcing on a law-making process in Finland.

Direct Diplomacy in Iran: the Internet as a Platform for Foreign Policy

September 26, 2013

               Abstract Digital technologies have brought disruption to political systems throughout the world, it is disrupting the practice of diplomacy.

Business, Government & Philanthropy: A conversation with Nandan Nilekani

May 2, 2013

Conversation with Nandan Nilekani, Chairperson of UIDAI and co-founder Infosys.

What Tahrir Square Has Done For Social Media: Stories from the Arab Spring

March 14, 2013

Abstract: While the debate rages on regarding the role of social media technologies within the Egyptian revolution of 2011, and more generally the larger wave of ‘Arab Spring’ protests, the more...

Round table with Internet Freedom Fellows

March 14, 2013

The Internet Freedom Fellows program brings human rights activists from across the globe to Geneva, Washington, and Silicon Valley to meet with fellow activists, U.S.

Right to Information and Transparency in the Digital Age: Policy, Tools and Practices

March 11, 2013

Conference on various aspects of how technology can empower right to information movements and what should be done to harness this potential.