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20 December 2017
What made you want to work in development research?
During my graduate research, ‘development studies’ held a certain idealistic allure, of being a part of efforts to tackle the world’s major developmental challenges, such as poverty, hunger, literacy and governance. But, I eventually found myself in the research end of development work – versus the more active/on-the-ground/advocacy end. Sixteen years later, I have come to appreciate how complex and valuable researching developmental problems can be for sincere efforts aimed at solving them on the ground.
What’s the current focus of your research?
My research and teaching focuses on the institutional design and internal processes of the public sector, or public administration. I am particularly interested in investigating how the public sector can play a developmental role, and have had the privilege of researching this across various policy areas. Often the most interesting aspect of doing this research is identifying those obstacles that mitigate against the efforts of public sector institutions to make positive developmental impacts. Continue Reading →
12 December 2017
Watch Tom Lavers on the social protection findings he is presenting.
4 December 2017
In September 2017, the government of Ghana introduced yet another ambitious education sector reform policy: the implementation of a Free Senior High School Programme. Under the new policy, all newly enrolled students in public senior high school from the beginning of the 2017/18 academic year will not be required to make payments as a condition or their admission and the government will pay. The objective of the policy, according to the president, is to redefine basic education by ensuring that every Ghanaian child attends school from kindergarten to senior high school, which will now be the basic education that every child is required to receive. Continue Reading →
28 November 2017
This year’s Adrian Leftwich Lecture is by Prof William Ferguson on Collective action for greater equality. Join us on Wednesday 29th November, 5.00 – 6.30 pm, Roscoe Building, Theatre A.
16 November 2017
While most developing countries have experienced boom and bust growth, why have Thailand and Malaysia experienced sustained growth? And why has this declined since the Asian financial crisis? Matthew Tyce outlines his findings from a chapter co-authored with Kunal Sen in Deals and Development.