Ghana

Scholarly Publications

The evolution of built-up areas in Ghana since 1975

We use high resolution satellite data on the proportion of buildings in a 250x250 meter cell to study the evolution of human settlement in Ghana over a 40 year period. We find a strong increase in...

Sustainable development of the palm oil sector in the Congo Basin

May 2019

Key messages:The Congo Basin is rich in biodiversity and stores an estimated 25%-30% of the worlds tropical forest carbon stocks.

Other Publications

Weighing the Environment: Ghana's Bui Dam

September 2018

This case examines the environmental permitting process leading up to the construction of the Bui Dam, the second largest hydropower facility in Ghana.

Choosing China: Ghana's $3 Billion Loan Decision

April 2016

This case examines the decision process concerning the 2011 $3 billion loan proposal from the China Development Bank (CDB) to the Government of Ghana.

News

FSE in the Field: Casey Maue Oil Palm Research in Ghana

June 2017

Casey Maue, a PhD student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources alogn with Woods Institute Senior Fellow, Erica Plambeck, spent time this spring examining the oil...

CDDRL honors student recognized for outstanding thesis

June 2014

CDDRL undergraduate honors student, Belinda Tang, received the David M. Kennedy Prize for her research on quota systems for women in local governments in Lesotho.

Stanford launches university-wide Global Development and Poverty Research Initiative

February 2014

The initiative recognizes that the complex challenges faced by the poor in developing economies are multifaceted and require the engagement of experts from a variety of academic disciplines.

Old Events

Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Palm Oil Production – Research in Progress

September 27, 2016

The Global Development and Poverty Initiative Seminar Series kicks off the 2016 school year with a presentation of one of its most exciting and timely capacity-building projects, "Poverty...

The Geography of Governance: Evidence from Slums, Satellites and Foreign Aid

April 24, 2014

Abstract: It is almost too obvious to state, but access to public services and the nature of governance varies hugely within countries, regions and cities.

Election Observers and Electoral Quality: The (Sometimes Unintended) Effects of Election Observation

February 20, 2014

Abstract: Election observation is central to democracy promotion efforts around the world, yet relatively little is known about observers' effects on electoral quality.  Do election observers deter...

Projects

Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Palm Oil Production

This project focuses on private and public sector strategies for promoting sustainable palm oil, with sustainability defined by environmental, social, and economic objectives.
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Quality of Democracy Project

As democracy has spread over the past three decades to a majority of the world's states, analytic attention has turned increasingly from explaining regime transitions to evaluating and explaining...
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People

Professor Larry Diamond Larry Diamond Mosbacher Senior Fellow in Global Democracy Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Roz low res 9 11 cropped Rosamond L. Naylor Senior Fellow William Wrigley Professor of Earth System Science, Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute and Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Senior Fellow and Founding Director, Center on Food Security and the Environment
Marcel Fafchamps Marcel Fafchamps Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Economics