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 News

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FSI faculty discuss diplomacy and foreign policy amid global turmoil

March 2016

Three of Stanford's most seasoned international affairs experts discussed foreign policy and diplomacy – and practiced a bit of it on stage, too – as they tackled the topics of refugees, Russia and...

Traveling the world to train policy reformers

February 2016

The Leadership Academy for Development (LAD) is an innovative program at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law that trains mid-level government officials and business...

World Bank chief presents plan to end extreme poverty, prevent pandemic

November 2015

Stanford students belong to the first generation that could witness the end of extreme global poverty – in what would be one of humankind's greatest achievements – the head of the World Bank said...

Honors students meet with top policy experts in DC

October 2015

From September 13-19, 2015, CDDRL honors students attended the annual Honors College in Washington, D.C., gaining firsthand exposure to how the federal government, policy organizations and think...

CDDRL welcomes its newest cohort of pre- and postdoctoral fellows

July 2015

Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) is proud to announce our four incoming 2015-2016 fellows who will be joining the CDDRL research community this...

Conference explores initiatives to curb youth violence in Latin America and US

July 2015

In April, the Program on Poverty and Governance (PovGov) at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law welcomed academics, policymakers, practitioners and youth leaders from...

Graduating seniors recognized for outstanding theses on democratic development

June 2015

The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law proudly congratulates its graduating class of honors students for their outstanding original research conducted under the CDDRL...

In Rio’s slums, Stanford researchers study police reform

June 2015

Working in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, a team of Stanford researchers led by Beatriz Magaloni, are partnering with the Brazilian government and civil society to better understand how recent...

CDDRL embraces diversity in its new cohort of honors students

May 2015

Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) is proud to announce its 2016 class of undergraduate honors students.

Introducing the 2015 Draper Hills Summer Fellows

May 2015

  Our largest and most competitive applicant pool on record, this group was selected from among 561 global applicants for their professional track records of success, the impact they have made on...

Noura Erakat analyzes the political and legal contexts of the 2014 Gaza war [VIDEO]

May 2015

As part of the Arab Reform and Democracy Program's speaker series, George Mason University scholar Noura Erakat examined the political and legal contexts for the 2014 Gaza war. In July and August...

Ben Ahmed examines the challenge of youth alienation in the Tunisian transition [VIDEO]

April 2015

As part of the Arab Reform and Democracy Program's speaker series, Executive Director of the Mediterranean Development Initiative Ghazi Ben Ahmed examined the challenge of youth alienation in the...

Habitat for Humanity on the profile of a good 21st century NGO

March 2015

Elizabeth Blake, Habitat for Humanity International’s General Counsel and team leader of its Government Relations and Advocacy operations, spoke to students at the Freeman Spogli Institute on...

Carolyn Miles, CEO and president of Save the Children, speaks at Stanford

March 2015

Carolyn Miles, CEO and president of Save the Children, spoke on her organization’s efforts to protect children’s rights in many countries of the world at the Stanford Program on Human Rights’...

Mark Lorey of World Vision speaks on faith-based international NGOs

February 2015

Mark Lorey, vice president for Child Development and Program Effectiveness at World Vision International, spoke on his experience working for a faith-based international NGO on human rights issues...

European Union can overcome extremism vote, Stanford faculty say

May 2014

Stanford scholars say the European Union faces one of its most critical challenges after anti-EU parties made widespread electoral gains based on issues like immigration, austerity and elitism....

Program on Arab Reform and Democracy welcomes new leadership

May 2014

This summer CDDRL is welcoming new leadership to oversee the growth and development of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy, one of the Center's principle research program's examining...

Diamond on deepening democratic recession

May 2014

CDDRL Director Larry Diamond addresses concerns of an intensifying democratic recession in a piece in The Atlantic.

Stanford scholar examines entrepreneurship in North Africa

April 2014

In a recent report, CDDRL Postdoctoral Fellow Amr Adly, with the support of the Center for International Private Enterprise, provides insight on post-revolution entrepreneurship in Egypt and...

Carnegie's Carothers speaks on aid and politics

February 2014

In a recent talk at CDDRL, Thomas Carothers, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment, speaks on his new book and the challenges that development aid efforts face in an increasingly...

People

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
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