Is Democracy Needed for Development?

    Is democracy a prerequisite for development? Francis Fukuyama, who directs the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies international development program, discusses how development can help usher in democracy, and how grassroots democracy leads to better conditions for development.

    About the author

    • David Francis

      David is a Washington-based journalist and former Devex staffer who spearheaded Devex's "Obama's Foreign Aid Reform" blog. He has written for the Christian Science Monitor, Pittsburgh Post Gazette,, San Francisco Chronicle, Foreign Policy magazine, and the Washington Monthly. David holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and a graduate degree from Georgetown University.