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26 June 2019
With the recent publication of two new books, The Politics of Education in Developing Countries and Negotiating Gender Equity in the Global South, there are now five ESID books open access, free to download at these links:
12 June 2019
Two recent ESID papers published in African Affairs and Social Science and Medicine (both open access) analyse the political drivers of Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP), one of the largest social assistance programmes in Africa, and Community Based Health Insurance (CBHI), one of the largest health insurance schemes on the continent, covering the rural and informal sector. The papers demonstrate that the adoption of these programmes and the specifics of their design were closely shaped by the developmentalist ideology of the ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and the centralisation of power during the 2000s within a small group of political elites. Together these programmes constitute a distinctly ‘productivist’ orientation to social protection that seeks not only to provide basic forms of protection, but also to mobilise all available resources in the pursuit of national development.
30 May 2019
In this podcast, Professor Sam Hickey presents an overview of ESID’s new book, Negotiating Gender Equity in the Global South: The Politics of Domestic Violence Policy. Co-editor, Professor Sohela Nazneen, then presents the key findings of the book. You can download the book free with open access here.
18 April 2019
This article appeared in a special edition of The East African for #Kwibuka25 in commemoration of 25 years since the Rwandan genocide.
This year marks 25 years of Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) rule since the 1994 genocide. Over that time, President Paul Kagame and his government have led the government through a remarkable period of economic recovery, alongside impressive increases in social standards. For a densely populated country, at a geographical disadvantage of being land-locked and located far from coasts, to achieve such successes has been a remarkable feat. Yet, despite progress in Rwanda, the country continues to face external and internal pressures that may pose a threat to sustaining the miracle of the country’s recovery. Continue Reading →
Having somebody else explain to you what your book is about is both a luxury and a pleasure. When they do so in public, it is also daunting: will they understand it the same way that you do? Did you do a good enough job trying to present your argument? Will they find it relevant? These were some of the thoughts in my mind on 4 April 2019, when Scott Sellwood, Oxfam America’s Senior Program Advisor in Extractive Industries, presented our book, Governing Extractive Industries, to a room of Oxfam staff, representatives of Washington-based organisations, and students. It was revealing to see what Scott found most striking about the book. These were his words: Continue Reading →