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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.

Other Publications

What works to Prevent Violence Amongst Youth

January 2020

What works in preventing and reducing violence among youth?

Water, Water Everywhere? Devolution and the Water Sector in Kenya's Counties

October 2019

As of 2009, at the time of Kenya’s last census, roughly half the population lacked access to clean water.

Small Battle in a Big War: The Post-Maidan Transformation of the National Bank of Ukraine

July 2019

At the end of 2014, Ukraine faces a series of challenges: constant friction between supporters of Russia and supporters of the West brought about by Russia’s annexation of Crimea, negative growth...

News

China and the global challenge to democracy

January 2020

In the inaugural episode of the Power 3.0 podcast, featured guest Larry Diamond discusses the Chinese Communist Party’s range of influence and interference activities that target the public, civic,...

Where Does Tehran Go from Here? Abbas Milani on Post-Soleimani Life in Iran

January 2020

The January 3 assassination by the United States of Qassem Soleimani — the commander of Iran’s Quds Force — transformed Iran, Abbas Milani told Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies...

A Season of Caesars

December 2019

"Ideologically, today’s autocrats are a more motley and pragmatic crew.

Events

Power to the Parents?

March 12, 2020

Abstract:Community-driven development programs that decentralized administrative, fiscal, and political functions have become a popular policy tool to deliver public services.  We study a large...

Can American Democracy Survive the 2020 Elections?

March 5, 2020

Abstract:As the 2020 presidential campaign begins to take shape, there is widespread distrust of the fairness and accuracy of American elections. Four factors increasing the mistrust.

Trajectories and Consequences of Authoritarian Elite Persistence Under Democracy

February 27, 2020

Abstract:When authoritarian-era elites return to positions of power under democracy, what are the implications for the quality of democracy?

Projects

Program on Human Rights

The Program on Human Rights (PHR) at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) will be phasing out its program in 2015 with the retirement of PHR’s Director Helen...
English

CDDRL Special Events

The CDDRL special events draw scholars and practitioners to the Center to comment on the most relevant and timely topics impacting the field of democracy, development, and the rule of law.
English

Online course on technology for accountability launches in English and Arabic

The Program on Liberation Technology (LibTech) at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law together with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) are proud to launch a free...
English

Multimedia

Deconstructing World Culture: The rise of legal restrictions on foreign funding to NGOs, 1994-2015

June 2017

Abstract:There is a growing backlash against the liberal and neoliberal economic, political and social ideologies that have dominated the globe since the 1980s.

Social Movements and the Networked Public Sphere: The Complexities of Empowerment and Fragility

May 2017

Speaker Bio:Zeynep Tufekci, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, writes about the social impacts of technology.

How Accountable?: Assessing Developments in Accountability at Multilateral Development Banks

May 2017

Abstract:Within the last fifteen years, nine multilateral development banks (MDBs) have established internal accountability offices (IAOs).  These IAOs, the most well-known of which is the World Bank Inspection Panel, allow communities within...

People

Lanhee J. Chen Affiliate at the Center on Democracy Development and the Rule of Law
Saumitra Jha Senior Fellow, FSI, Associate Professor of Political Economy, GSB
Jerry Kaplan Lecturer, CDDRL, Research Affiliate, CDDRL
Eileen Donahoe Lecturer, CDDRL
Pascaline Dupas Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Economics, Senior Fellow, SIEPR
Marcel Fafchamps Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Economics
Didi Kuo Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL, Associate Director for Research, CDDRL Academic Research & Program Manager, American Democracy in Comparative Perspective
Hesham Sallam Research Scholar, CDDRL Associate Director and Research Associate, Program on Arab Reform and Democracy
Stephen P. Luby Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Gustavo Robles Research Scholar, CDDRL
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Abbas Milani Adjunct Professor Research Fellow, Hoover Institution