30 November 2016
This week ESID are in Washington DC for a number of exciting events. Today starts with a seminar at the World Bank with co-author of the forthcoming World Development Report on Governance and the Law, Yongmei Zhou.
Below are more details of this and the rest of the week’s events. If you’re in Washington please do register on Eventbrite and come along!
28 November, 2016
Having done an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Tom Lavers‘ trajectory took a turn after he spent time travelling in Peru, and working in an orphanage there. On returning to the UK he completed a doctorate in Development Studies, and has worked in research since, primarily focusing on politics and social policy. He recently left his post at the ILO to join the Global Development Institute (GDI) at The University of Manchester, and leads ESID’s project on the political economy of social protection expansion in Africa.
ESID are linking up with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) for a one-day workshop at the National Council For Voluntary Organisations in London on 7 December 2016 to explore the role of state and business relations in creating development outcomes.
ESID researcher Benjamin Chemouni comments below on the current political climate in Burundi, which has been in a state of violent crisis following President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial decision to run for a third term in 2015. Since Nkurunziza’s subsequent re-election, many citizens have been caught in the crossfire of conflict between government and opposition forces, or killed for dissent – and thousands have fled the country altogether.
The audio of last week’s annual Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture is now available online. Listen below to what was a great lecture by Cornell University professor and leading expert on democratic development, Nic van de Walle. Nic spoke on social coalitions and democratic development in sub-Saharan Africa, with particular reference to Barrington Moore’s landmark book The Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy (1966).
He recast Moore’s work for today’s global economy, explaining why social class and coalitions are key to generating democracy and economic development. Given the timing of the lecture, to fall one week following one of the strangest democratic elections in US history – in which class and income inequality have been argued to have played a big role – Nic was faced with a challenging task, and had some tricky questions put to him at the end.