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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Draper Hills 2019 Summer Fellows Reflect on Activism, Democracy and the Importance of Collaboration

August 2019

Every summer, the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program brings together international leaders who are pioneering new approaches to advance social and political change in some of the most challenging...

Draper Hills Summer Fellows Class of 2017

May 2017

Miguel BronfmanNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION OFFICE ARGENTINA Sabah HamamouJOURNALIST EGYPT Isabel AmorimEDITORA ABRIL BRAZIL Yasmine FaroukCAIRO UNIVERSITYEGYPT Mohamed ElfayoumyDIPLOMAT EGYPT Eka...

Tales of freedom and justice

September 2016

The 12th annual Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program gathered 25 democracy leaders from around the developing world for a three-week training program on democracy, good governance, and the rule of...

Introducing our 2016 Draper Hills Summer Fellows

May 2016

Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law is proud to announce the 2016 class of Draper Hills Summer Fellows who were selected for their outstanding contributions to...

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...

Tackling development challenges in Africa, three social entrepreneurs join Stanford community

March 2013

In April, three social entrepreneurs working to advance social, economic, and political change in Africa will spend the spring quarter in residency at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the...

Using law to promote social change, three social entrepreneurs join CDDRL community this fall

September 2012

In September, CDDRL's Program on Social Entrepreneurship welcomed its second class of Social Entrepreneurs in Residence at Stanford (SEERS) who hail from Malaysia, South Africa and the San...

Fighting for reform in 22 countries, Stanford fellows get lessons in building democracy

August 2012

Some of this year's Draper Hills Summer Fellows have been imprisoned and abused for trying to democratize their countries.

Head of Stanford Technology Ventures Program joins faculty advisory council

April 2012

The Program on Social Entrepreneurship welcomes the newest member of the Faculty Advisory Council, Dr.

Four social entrepreneurs to join Stanford research community this spring

March 2012

This spring four social entrepreneurs will be descending on the Stanford campus from as far away as Bosnia, Palestine, and Kenya and as close as San Francisco, to spend the quarter at CDDRL...

Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program recruitment opens

November 2011

The Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program is recruiting rising leaders from around the world to join the 2012 program scheduled for July 22-August 10 at Stanford University.

Introducing the 2011 Draper Hills Summer Fellows

June 2011

Twenty-seven rising leaders from emerging democracies around the world have been named to the 2011 class of Draper Hills Summer Fellows on Democracy and Development at CDDRL.

2011 Draper Hills Summer Fellows Selected

April 2011

Twenty-eight rising leaders from emerging democracies around the world have been named to the 2011 class of Draper Hills Summer Fellows on Democracy and Development at CDDRL.

The Program on Social Entrepreneurship

January 2011

The Program on Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law seeks to actively integrate the on-the-ground experience of social entrepreneurs from...

The Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program on Democracy and Development is now accepting applications for the Class of 2014

September 2010

Launched in 2005, the Draper Hills Summer Fellowship on Democracy and Development Program is a three-week executive education program that is hosted annually at Stanford University's Center on...

Rising international stars: 2010 Draper Hills Summer Fellows on Democracy and Development

July 2010

Rising leaders from a diverse group of nations in transition, including China, Russia, Ukraine, Syria, Iran, Pakistan, and Nigeria arrived on July 25 for a three-week seminar with Stanford faculty,...

Draper Hills Summer Fellows on Democracy and Development complete training

August 2009

Rising leaders from some of the world's most challenging nations, including China, Russia, Ukraine, Iraq, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, recently completed...

Joshua Cohen's Program on Global Justice joins Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL)

April 2009

The Program on Global Justice, which explores issues at the intersection of political norms and global political-economic realities, has joined CDDRL, Center Director Larry Diamond announced.

Draper Hills Summer Fellows program begins; one fellow prevented from leaving her home country

August 2008

The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford University is pleased to announce its new class of Draper Hills Summer Fellows on Democracy and Development.

Larry Diamond appointed as FSI Senior Fellow

March 2008

Larry Diamond has been appointed as a Senior Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI).

CDDRL has concluded its third year of the Stanford Summer Fellows on Democracy and Development Program

August 2007

The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) has concluded its third year of the Stanford Summer Fellows on Democracy and Development Program held July 30th-August 17th, 2007.

Twenty-seven Stanford Summer Fellows on Democracy and Development announced for 2007

May 2007

The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford University is pleased to announce its new class of Stanford Summer Fellows on Democracy and Development.

Bright young stars pursue democracy and development, at home and abroad

January 2007

In a 1999 article profiling six of "China's bright young stars," the New York Times described Junning Liu as "one of China's most influential liberal political thinkers." Today, sitting in a...