Effective States and Inclusive Development

Dr Benjamin Chemouni

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Role

Dr Chemouni is a Fellow at the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is the country researcher for ESID’s Public Sector Reform project in Rwanda and works on the politics of health coverage in Rwanda for the project The political economy of social protection expansion in Africa.

Dr Chemouni is a Teaching Fellow at the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is the country researcher for ESID’s Public Sector Reform project in Rwanda.

Research

Benjamin is interested in the origins of effective states and the relationship between elites, their perception of their environment and the origins of institutions. His PhD research is seeking to explain the variation of state effectiveness (i.e. capacity to implement policies) between Burundi and Rwanda through the lens of the health and agriculture sectors. Elite vulnerability and their strategy to seek legitimacy are used as explanatory factors.

Benjamin is the country researcher for Rwanda in ESID’s project on comparative public sector reform in Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda. This project is centered on the political economy of reform in the sectors of public sector planning, civil service management, public finance, auditing, and anti-corruption.

ESID publications

Chemouni, B. (2016). ‘The political path to universal health coverage: Elite commitment to community-based health insurance in Rwanda’. ESID Working Paper No. 72. Manchester.

Recent publications

Chemouni, B. (2017 forthcoming) ‘Taking stock of Rwanda’s decentralisation: changing local governance in a post-conflict environment’, Third World Thematics: a TWQ Journal.

Chemouni, B. (2014). ‘Explaining the design of the Rwandan decentralisation: elite vulnerability and the territorial repartition of power‘, Journal of Eastern African Studies, Vol. 8, Issue 2: pp. 246-262. Special Issue on Rwanda under the RPF: Assessing twenty years of post-conflict governance.

On the blog

WATCH: Benjamin Chemouni on the state of things in Burundi
 
Towards universal health coverage in Rwanda?
 
Public sector reform in Rwanda is driven by a legitimation strategy
 
Why such a commitment to public sector reform in Rwanda?

Further information

See Benjamin’s LSE profile.