30th August 2017
We are delighted to announce that Dr Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Gerti Hesseling Prize for ‘the best contribution by a young African scholar’. This was in recognition of his paper co-authored with Sam Hickey published in the Journal of African Affairs last year. The paper is based on ESID research into the way in which patterns of resource allocation in Ghana’s education sector are shaped by incentives generated by Ghana’s education sector.
Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management at the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS), and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Global Development Institute. He is the lead researcher for ESID’s comparative research on the politics of spatial inequality in sub-Saharan Africa. He is also leading a country study around the politics of Ghana’s mining industry as part of a wider comparative research project on natural resource governance in Ghana.
Dr Abdulai holds a First Class Bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Ghana (Legon, Accra), an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge (UK), and a PhD in Development Policy and Management from the University of Manchester (UK). His work has been published by several top-ranked international journals, including African Affairs; Development Policy Review; Development; European Journal of Development Research; Democratization; and Labour, Capital and Society. He has provided consultancy services for a number of international development organisations, including UNICEF, DFID, The World Bank, Cities Alliance and the Korean International Cooperation Agency. Speaking of his delight in receiving this award Abdul Gafaru said:
I would like to express my profound appreciation to the Committee that nominated my article for this year’s Gerti Hesseling Prize. The significance of this award lies in its role in encouraging young African-based academics like me in conducting high quality research in the area of African Studies. This award, which is the first of its kind in my academic life, would play a major role in boosting my academic career. I am extremely grateful to the leadership of the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre (ESID) based at the University of Manchester, where an earlier version of this article was published as a working paper. My four-year experience with ESID has played a major role in sharpening my analytical capacity and writing skills.
Read more on the original paper here
7 August 2017
Professor Sabyasachi Kar is a key contributer to ESID’s work on the politics of economic growth. He has just contributed a chapter to the landmark forthcoming book, Deals and Development: The Political Dynamics of Growth Episodes, which James Robinson says “advances a powerful set of new concepts”. Edited by Lant Pritchett, Kunal Sen and Eric Werker, the book is out later this year and will, in the words of Professor of Economics at New York University, William Easterly, “change the way you see economic growth”.
Here, Professor Kar talks about the next phase of research on deals and development, using the World Bank’s Enterprise Survey to ask why some developing countries provide better deals to businesses than others.
GDI Phd candidate Sally Cawood talks about some of her observations during field work in Bangladesh. Read ESID research on the politics of the Domestic Violence Act in Bangladesh
6 July 2017
On a recent visit to Addis Abada in Ethiopia, Tom Lavers presented his latest research on social protection and Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme. This is his presentation.
4 July 2017
When a country discovers that it has valuable mineral deposits under its soil, some would say it had won the lottery. Putting aside the question of how and why it was that the country began looking for the minerals in the first place, how does it then make a series of other decisions? Whether or not to exploit these minerals? How to exploit them? Who will exploit them? What to do about the people and environments that will be disturbed by this exploitation?
Other questions will also arise. What, if any, taxes and royalties will the miners and drillers be asked to pay back to the government? How will those taxes and royalties be spent? Who will benefit from them? Who will know how much miners and drillers are paying in taxes and royalties? Continue Reading →