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Remembering Chito Gascón

October 2021

A member of the inaugural Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program cohort in 2005, Chito died from COVID-19 on October 9, 2021.

Global Democracy Leaders Gather Virtually for the 2021 Draper Hills Summer Fellowship

August 2021

For the next two weeks, Fellows will participate in workshops led by an interdisciplinary team of faculty to study new theories and approaches to democratic development.

CDDRL Statement Regarding the Arrest of Tatiana Kouzina by Belarusian Authorities

July 2021

The faculty and staff of Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, as well as the undersigned alumni of the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program, wish to protest the...

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


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...

Former fellows comment on Ukraine's continuing struggle for political change

April 2016

In a video by PBS NewsHour, three Ukrainian alumni of the CDDRL's Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program provide comments on the struggle for political change and stability in their country two years...

Summer fellows share stories of struggle and triumph

September 2015

In July, the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) welcomed a group of 23 democracy leaders from around the developing world for a three-week training program on democracy,...

Former fellow starts NGO to counter corruption in Lebanon

June 2015

During a recent visit to Stanford, Rabih El Chaer (’07), an alumnus of the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program (DHSFP) at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, shared his...

At Oslo Freedom Forum, former fellow speaks on lack of political participation among youth

June 2015

Recently, Amira Yahyaoui (former Draper Hills Summer Fellow, Tunisia '14) spoke at the Oslo Freedom Forum, calling for governments to increase opportunities for youth leadership in the political...

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...

Ukrainian fellow reflects on journey to parliament

April 2015

 Svitlana Zalishchuk (’11), an alumna of the Draper Hills Summer Fellow Program (DHSFP) at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law reflects on the challenges and motives...

Burmese human rights activist on new interfaith marriage bill in Burma

June 2014

In a piece for The Irrawaddy, Draper Hills Summer Fellow Zin Mar Aung ('13), a Burmese human rights activist, writes on recent attempts by nationalist monks in Burma to lobby for a new law, which...

Tribute to Jasper Cummeh III

January 2014

Jasper Cummeh III ('07) from Liberia passed away on January 25, 2014 following a brief illness.

Award-winning social entrepreneurs to join Stanford this winter

December 2013

CDDRL's Program on Social Entrepreneurship is proud to introduce its fourth class of Social Entrepreneurs-in-Residence at Stanford who will be joining the academic community in January.

Russian human rights leader comments on the government's attempt to silence democracy advocates

August 2013

As the political climate becomes increasingly more repressive in Russia, civil society organizations have come under threat by the government.

Leading journalist comments on Pakistan's historic election

July 2013

While Pakistan’s elections and smooth democratic transition have been deemed a success, reports by some observers cited irregularities, vote rigging and intimidation.

Global democracy leaders to assemble at Stanford this summer

July 2013

From Burma to Ukraine, the 2013 Draper Hills Summer Fellows are leading organizations and programs - often at tremendous odds - to advance democratic practices, combat corruption and uphold human...

Summer fellow pushes for regional cooperation on environmental governance in Latin America and the Caribbean

April 2013

Andrea Sanhueza, a 2012 Draper Hills Summer fellow, shares her success story of how a group of civil society organizations helped advocate for improved environmental governance cooperation across...

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...

Spring 2013 Course: IR 142 Challenging the Status Quo

March 2013

The course is offered during the spring 2013 quarter featuring three social entrepreneurs working to advance political, economic, and social change in Africa.

Obama and the betrayal of democracy in Bahrain

January 2013

In a piece for The Atlantic, CDDRL Director Larry Diamond shines light on the Obama administration's betrayal of democracy in the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain.

The Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program opens application for 2013

October 2012

The Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program is looking for emerging political, civil society and entrepreneurial leaders from transitioning countries where democracy is at risk to participate in the...