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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

Banking on your neighbours: Savings groups and financial intermediation among the poor

May 2018

Informal savings and borrowing institutions are a way to intermediate between savers and borrowers in the developing world.

ProZorro - From a Volunteer Initiative to a Major State Reform

March 2018

This case examines the decision process of a team of volunteers that started a public procurement reform named ProZorro.

Thailand's Collective Action Coalition Against Corruption

March 2018

This case focuses on a private sector initiative to fight deep-seated corruption in Thailand.

News

CDDRL Students Graduate from Fisher Family Honors Program

June 2018

Each year the Center offers an interdisciplinary honors program, through which students write a thesis related to the topics of democracy, development and the rule of law.

A Victory For Democratic Reform

June 2018

"In what may be looked back upon as the most important election in the United States in 2018, the voters of Maine rejected political cynicism on Tuesday and preserved ranked-choice voting (RCV) for...

Anwar in the wings as Malaysia remakes its democracy

June 2018

"Will the ruse fool the devil? Will renascent Malaysian democracy survive?

Events

A Brief History of Security

June 7, 2018

Speaker(s) Bio: Stephen Stedman is a Freeman Spogli senior fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law and FSI, an affiliated faculty member at CISAC, and professor of...

CDDRL Weekly Research Seminar featuring Honor Student Awardees

May 31, 2018

TITLE:  The China Wide Web:  The information Dilemma and the Domestsication of  Cyberspace Qitong Tom CaoMajor:  Political Science; Computer Science (minor); MS&E (Computational Social Science)...

Learning Lessons? A Comparison of Planning for the Occupations of Japan and Iraq

May 24, 2018

Abstract:In 2002 and 2003, Americans pointed to Japan after the Second World War as a model which proved that enemy countries could be remade into stable democratic allies through short military...

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

Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar Professor of the Practice, Law
David Holloway, CISAC David Holloway Senior Fellow Professor, History, Professor, Political Science
James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Nathaniel Persily Professor, Stanford Law School
Raymond Levitt Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Amr Hamzawy Senior Fellow Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL
Deborah L. Rhode Professor, Law
Martin Carnoy Professor, Education
James S. Fishkin Professor, Communication
Debra Satz Professor, Philosophy