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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...

Designing and Deploying Mobile Technologies for Social Impact: Lessons Learned from Designing for Urban Sex Workers in India and Young Internet Users in Ghana

November 15, 2013

*** Change of Speaker*** Abstract The global spread of mobile phones has led to several technology explorations for social impact.

Electoral Integrity, Violence and Vote-Buying

April 12, 2013

This two day workshop will bring together scholars whose research actively engages problems of electoral irregularities.  Irregularities range from high levels of pre-election violence to electoral...

Round table with Internet Freedom Fellows

March 14, 2013

The Internet Freedom Fellows program brings human rights activists from across the globe to Geneva, Washington, and Silicon Valley to meet with fellow activists, U.S.

CISAC-SCICN Special Seminar: Investigating Post-Conflict Violence at the Micro-Level: Accounting for Patterns among Victims of Past Atrocities in Liberia

January 31, 2013

Anupma Kulkarni is currently a Fellow of the Stanford Center for International Conflict and Negotiation (SCICN) and Co-director of the West Africa Transitional Justice (WATJ) Project, a cross...

Democracy Against the Odds

May 3, 2012

Abstract:   A number of countries have emerged as stable (though minimalist) democracies despite low levels of modernization, lack of democratic neighboring countries and other factors consistently...

Democratic Transitions and Development in Africa: Beyond Prebendalist Systems

April 25, 2012

 Abstract: Systemic corruption undermines state capacity, imperils socio-economic development, and diminishes democracy. In his Nairobi speech as a U.S.

Mobile Phones and Economic Development in Africa: Evidence from Policy and Field Experiments

February 7, 2012

Abstract Mobile phone coverage and adoption has grown substantially over the past decade, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. In the absence of public goods infrastructure in many countries, mobile...

Using Mixed Methods to Improve the Quality and Relevance of Impact Evaluation

April 11, 2011

Overview: It is now widely recognized that a rigorous, policy-relevant impact evaluation embeds the counterfactual analysis of impact in a wider analysis of the underlying program theory (theory of...

Does Ethnic Voting Constrain Development in Africa?

February 10, 2011

Liz Carlson is a 2010-2011 pre-doctoral fellow at CDDRL and a PhD candidate in the department of Political Science at UCLA (to be completed in 2011).

Information Access under Poor Connectivity

February 4, 2011

AbstractConsider three different worlds of poor network connectivity: Scenario 1: A user in Africa uses a cheap mobile device with voice and SMS as the only data connectivity channel (140 bytes per...

The Moral Economy of the Mobile Phone in Rural Uganda

October 28, 2010

AbstractMobile phones have been rapidly and enthusiastically adopted in rural and even non-electrified regions in Uganda.

Are Amnesties Acceptable and Durable? The Conditional Support Among Victims in Five African Countries and Its Implications

May 18, 2010

Transitions from conflict raise hard questions about accountability for past violations.  Criminal prosecutions and other sanctions are increasingly prevalent, but amnesties remain common.  Some...

Ghana oil

May 4, 2010

Mohammed Amin Adam is an energy economist by profession and currently serves as the National Oil Coordinator of Publish What You Pay - Ghana, a civil society coalition focused on promoting the...

Participatory Development in East Africa's Largest Slum: The Carolina For Kibera Story

April 6, 2010

Carolina for Kibera (CFK) inspires and nurtures youth leaders in the slum of Kibera, Kenya through a unique model of participatory development.  CFK recognizes the youth of Kibera as resilient,...

Ten Myths of Technology and Development

February 26, 2010

AbstractIn the same world where there are 1.4 billion Internet users, a very different 1.4 billion people live below the World Bank's poverty line.

Technology for Developing Regions

February 12, 2010

AbstractThe historic focus of development has rightfully been on macroeconomics and good governance, but technology has an increasingly large role to play.  In this talk, I review several novel...

Developmental Governance and the African Predicament: Research and Policy in the Obama Era

January 14, 2010

Professor Joseph previously taught at Emory University, Dartmouth College, the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of Ibadan (Nigeria), and the University of Khartoum (Sudan)....

Mobile Technology: Empowering the Grassroots

November 6, 2009

AbstractDespite the promise, the majority of mobile technology solutions are only meeting the needs of a small percentage of organisations who could benefit from them.

Using Technology to Catalyze Large-scale Social Change

October 29, 2009

AbstractSince 2004, Omidyar Network, the philanthropic investment firm of eBay founder, Pierre Omidyar, has been investing in market-based efforts with the potential for large-scale, catalytic...

Explaining Vote Choice in Africa's Emerging Democracies

May 5, 2009

In this paper, we study the voting behavior of Africans in seven countries currently ranked as "free" by Freedom House International.

Local Government in South Africa

April 4, 2007

Barak Hoffman recently defended his doctoral dissertation at UCLA.


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
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Professor Larry Diamond Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution