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25 May 2018
Watch highlights of a recent in conversation event with Pablo Yanguas, author of Why We Lie About Aid and Daniel Honig, author of Navigating by Judgement.
1. Pablo Yanguas on what’s really transformative
2. Daniel Honig on autonomy
3. Pablo Yanguas on calculability
21 May 2018
What limits the impact of foreign aid programmes? If frontline workers had freedom to experiment, could aid effectiveness be improved? What in the aid bureaucracy and political environment constrains flexibility?
David Hulme and Nicola Banks lead this exciting discussion with ESID’s Pablo Yanguas, author of new book, ‘Why We Lie about Aid: Development and the Messy Politics of Change’, and Daniel Honig of Johns Hopkins University, author of new book, ‘Navigation by Judgement: Why and When Top Down Management of Foreign Aid Doesn’t Work’.
14 May 2018
A drive of little more than an hour from the eastern edge of Tigray into Afar serves to illustrate some of the many extremes of Ethiopia: a drop in altitude of more than 1,000m; an increase in temperature from the moderate (albeit far from Mancunian!) temperatures of the highlands to the unforgiving heat of the Rift Valley; and, the focus of this blog, a transformation of the form and reach of the state.
Looking up to the highland plateau of Tigray from Abala, Afar
The second phase of ESID’s work on the politics of social protection (for the first phase, that examined the political economy of national level policy processes, see here) examines how the implementation of social protection is shaped by the legacies of long-term processes of state formation and the more proximate influence of political competition and party legitimacy. A recent field trip to two of the Ethiopian research sites illustrates exactly the dynamics we are looking to examine. Continue Reading →