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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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The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Improving Lives Through Better Vision

September 2019

After "a longtime partnership with Stanford University's Rural Education Action Program," OneSight is expanding into Rwanda and Brazil to continue our practice of providing free eyeglasses to those...

Bloomberg: To Conquer World, China Needs to Get Smarter

August 2019

Author Michael Schuman writes an opinion piece informed by Scott Rozelle's publication Past Successes and Future Challenges in Rural China's Human Capital "Many investors and economists continue to...

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...

Announcing Stanford e-China, a New Stanford University Online Course for High School Students in China

July 2019

The stars have finally aligned to enable SPICE to launch its first online course in China, Stanford e-China—an interactive, virtual class for Chinese high school students.

Debating Artificial Intelligence: The Fox Versus the Hedgehog

July 2019

Singapore has been described as “a thriving hub for artificial intelligence.” In May 2019, Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) released the first edition of “A Proposed Model AI...

Seasons Of The RSP: An Online Teacher's Reflection on Teaching About Japan

June 2019

Since joining SPICE in 2005, my annual calendar has revolved around not spring flowers, caterpillars dangling from trees, and falling leaves around the beautiful Stanford campus, but the schedule...

MIP Feature Friday: Kate Gasparro

June 2019

How does a Ph.D. student in Stanford’s Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) program decide to also complete an international policy degree?

Journal of East China Normal University: Q&A with Scott Rozelle and James Heckman

May 2019

Early Childhood Development Takes Center Stage in China: Questions & Answer with Scott Rozelle and James Heckman 【编者按】2018年11月17日,詹姆斯·赫克曼(James J.

Fisher Family CDDRL Honors Program 2019-20

May 2019

We are proud to announce our next year's cohort of CDDRL Honors Program students!

On the Centennial of the March First Independence Movement of Korea

May 2019

The year 2019 is the centennial of several anti-colonialist movements that emerged in Asia, including the March First Movement of Korea.

Tsinghua University News: Scott Rozelle Presents on Human Capital in Rural China at Tsinghua University

April 2019

罗思高主讲“清华三农讲坛” 解析中国农村人力资本问题4月11日晚,清华大学中国农村研究院主办的“清华三农讲坛”第二十五讲在清华大学公共管理学院报告厅举行。美国斯坦福大学教授、清华大学中国农村研究院学术委员会委员罗思高(Scott Rozelle)作了题为“农村人力资本:一个中国中长期发展的挑战”的演讲。北京大学国家发展研究院院长、教授姚洋进行点评。农研院副院长、研究员何宇鹏主持讲坛。

MIP Feature Friday: Abuzar Royesh

April 2019

Leader, Data Scientist, Aspiring Social Entrepreneur, Stanford Student...

Yanai Tadashi Foundation and SPICE/Stanford University

April 2019

Stanford e-Japan Instructor Waka Brown and I recently met in Tokyo with Mr. Tadashi Yanai, President of the Yanai Tadashi Foundation.

Academic Prize Awarded to Korea Program Deputy Director

March 2019

We are happy to share that FSI’s SK Center Fellow and APARC's Korea Program Deputy Director Yong Suk Lee is the recipient of the 2018 Urban Land Institute United Kingdom Academic Prize for his...

MIP Feature Friday: Lisa Einstein

March 2019

"There is this sense of possibility - this sense of 'if this is your idea, just do it."Our graduate student, Lisa Einstein, approaches her work and studies by this motto.

Effects of Climate Change on Hunger

March 2019

As the climate changes, where plants grow best is predicted to shift.

MIP Feature Friday: Isabelle Foster

March 2019

Curious as to what our current students have to say about the MIP program? Check out the first #MIPFeatureFriday featuring our graduate student, Isabelle Foster!

NEWS FEATURE: The Trump Musical: 'Anything Goes'

March 2019

In this New York Times opinion piece on the global implications of Trump's leadership, columnist Thomas L.

Helsinki in December? Discovering Finland’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

March 2019

Fog. Music. And... Saunas? Learn more about our student's adventure in Helsinki by reading the full article on Medium. 

Video Interview with Koret Fellow Andray Abrahamian

February 2019

We sat down with our 2018-19 Koret Fellow in Korean Studies Andray Abrahamian to discuss North Korea denuclearization and the approaching Trump-Kim second summit in Hanoi; Abrahamian's work with...

Audio: China’s High Speed Rail Construction in Southeast Asia: Myth vs. Reality

February 2019

David M. Lampton gave a talk titled “Chinese Power and Rail Connectivity in Southeast Asia” before the Stanford China Program audience on February 6th.

MIP Internship Q&A: Nikki Brand

February 2019

Nikki Brand is a Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy (MIP) student at Stanford's University in the Class of 2019. Learn more about her internship over the summer of 2018. 

Student Works for International Development Nonprofit through APARC-Supported Internship

January 2019

Kendra Mysore, ’20, has always been interested in other cultures.

People

Saumitra Jha Senior Fellow, FSI, Associate Professor of Political Economy, GSB
Kathryn M. McDonald Senior Research Scholar Executive Director, CHP/PCOR, Senior Scholar, CHP/PCOR
Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Grant Miller Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Rod Ewing Rodney C. Ewing Senior Fellow Professor of Geological Sciences
Stephen P. Luby Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Chonira Enushka Aturupane Senior Research Scholar, Associate Director for Academic and Student Affairs, Ford Dorsey MA Program in International Policy Studies
Condoleezza Rice Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Political Science, Professor, Management, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Paul H. Wise Senior Fellow Senior Fellow , Professor, Pediatrics (CHP/PCOR)
Headshot of Thomas Fingar Thomas Fingar Lecturer at APARC
David Relman Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Kenneth F. Scheve Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science