The playground outside a Beijing school for migrant students is overlooked by the cooling towers and smokestacks of a power plant. The students have moved here from China's rural areas, where it's not unusual for children to test three years behind their peers in good city schools. FSI researchers have shown that China's economic future hinges on better education of its rural children.
Photo credit: Adam Gorlick
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.