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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LAD Course: CIPE and Ukrainian Catholic University

June 22, 2016

This workshop course is designed to develop skills that faculty in policy-focused universities and training institutions can use both to develop interactive and participant-centered teaching styles...

International Dimension of Autocratization in post-Soviet Eurasia

May 19, 2016

**This event is co-sponsored with CREES**Abstract:Twenty five years have passed since the dissolution of the Soviet Union (the USSR), when the fifteen new independent states of Eurasia started the...

LAD Course: INSPER Institute of Education and Research

May 10, 2016

This five day intensive program for a select group of mid- and high-level Brazilian government officials and business leaders is designed to address how government can encourage and enable the...

Empowering the World: Entrepreneurship and the Future of Foreign Policy

February 22, 2016

Please note: the start time for this event has been moved from 3:00 to 3:15pm.Join FSI Director Michael McFaul in conversation with Richard Stengel, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy...

Silicon Valley and Asian Economies

February 2, 2016

This event is co-sponsored by NHK WORLD, Global Agenda, and the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.About NHK and Global AgendaNHK WORLD is NHK's international broadcast service....

LAD Course: Singapore Management University 2016

February 1, 2016

This module addresses the challenges faced by public sector leaders as they foster economic growth in politically charged environments.

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...

CDDRL Senior Honors Program Information Session

January 25, 2016

This event is open to Stanford undergraduate students only. The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) is currently accepting applications from eligible juniors due February...

LAD Course: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

January 25, 2016

This module addresses the challenges faced by public sector leaders as they foster economic growth in politically charged environments.

LAD Course: Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC) 2016

January 18, 2016

The LAD Program in Georgia will take place on January 18-22, 2016 and will be implemented jointly by CDDRL and the Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC) - a local think tank based in Tbilisi,...

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...

The Sunflower Movement and the Future of Taiwan's Political Culture

October 13, 2015

Abstract Based on first-hand participant-observation, this talk will examine the culture, politics, and spatiality of the Sunflower Movement.

Taiwan’s Evolving Position on the South China Sea—and Why It Matters

October 8, 2015

Taiwan’s claims in the South China Sea are often regarded as virtually indistinguishable from China’s.

Building Peace in a Fragile World

October 8, 2015

AbstractNew President of the United States Institute of Peace, Nancy Lindborg, will discuss the global challenge of fragility and conflict, including a vision of the way forward. Ms.

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.

LAD Course: Universidad ESAN 2015

August 24, 2015

This is a four-and-a-half-day intensive program for a small number of mid- and high-level government officials and business leaders, exploring how government can encourage and enable the private...

Taiwan's National Security and the Trans-Pacific Partnership: The International Law Dimension

July 1, 2015

AbstractThe Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is widely regarded as the economic component of the US strategy of “rebalance” to Asia.

LAD Course: Strathmore Business School 2015

May 18, 2015

This is a four-and-a-half-day intensive program for a small number of mid- and high-level government officials and business leaders, exploring how government can encourage and enable the private...

A Framework for Comparative Analysis of Governance Conditions in Health Systems

April 30, 2015

Audio  Description:  Associate Professor at Harvard's Kennedy School Matt Andrews speaks on potential frameworks for governance in health systems.

The United States and Global Food Security: A View From Rome

April 29, 2015

Ambassador David Lane was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture and confirmed by the U.S.

Educational and Entrepreneurial Initiatives to Support Youth in Places of Violence

April 28, 2015

CONFERENCE OVERVIEWThe heavy presence of youth and young adults in the world of criminality is an issue that has been gaining increasingly more attention in the agendas of policymakers and...


David Brady Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Francisco Ramirez Professor, Education
Martin Carnoy Professor, Education
Jessie Brunner Research Assistant, PHR
Laura Jakli Predoctoral Fellow, CDDRL, Predoctoral Fellow, Program on Democracy and the Internet
Stephanie Gimenez Stahlberg Research Assistant, CDDRL
Lauren Weitzman Program Manager, CDDRL