9 June 2014.
by Selim Raihan.
The first issue, out this month, focuses on the labour market in Bangladesh.
9 June 2014.
ESID‘s latest Working Paper explores “what we have learnt about how to instigate and embed pro-poor government in towns and cities of the global South”, with a particular focus on how politics emerges in informal settlements. Politics, informality and clientelism – exploring a pro-poor urban politics was written by Diana Mitlin, who is Associate Director at the Brooks World Poverty Institute, coordinates of ESID capacity-strengthening activities, and leads our research project on the Jawarlahal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) in India.
Diana has spent decades studying and collaborating with organisations working with the urban poor, and in this Working Paper she synthesises the complicated landscape of informal politics and clientelism in informal urban settlements and the strategies that civil society groups pursue to empower the urban poor.
5 June 2014.
Kunal Sen is ESID’s Joint Research Director, along with Sam Hickey. Professor of Development Economics at the Institute for Development Policy and Management at the University of Manchester, Kunal is also Professorial Fellow at the Brooks World Poverty Institute, Research Fellow of the IZA, Bonn, and a member of the elite South Asia Area Panel of the British Academy.
Born in Mumbai, Kunal studied economics at Elphinstone College and Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, and received a PhD in Economics from Rutgers University, USA. He has previously taught in the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, The Australian National University, Massey University, New Zealand, and the University of East Anglia, UK.
Kunal’s main research areas are economic growth, the analysis of poverty and labour markets, international trade and finance. His current research examines the political economy determinants of economic growth, and the role of institutions in economic development. At ESID, Kunal leads two research projects: on the political economy determinants of economic growth; and on the political economy of the National Employment Guarantee Act in India.
4 June 2014.
By Pablo Yanguas.
On Monday David Hulme and I attended a half-day workshop at ODI entitled “Aiding reform: Lessons on what works, what doesn’t and why” (read the summary here). It was basically a gathering of scholars, consultants and practitioners working on/with political economy analysis (PEA), of the sort that takes place every few months around the UK and Europe. What David calls the “aspiring” epistemic community of PEA was well represented around the table: all the familiar faces and usual suspects from ODI, The Policy Practice, The Asia Foundation, The IDL Group, LSE, Africa Governance Initiative, or the Developmental Leadership Program, as well as representatives from DFID and the World Bank (the latter presenting their recent volume of PEA case studies). Continue Reading →
3 June 2014
By Kate Pruce.
Hosted by the Brooks World Poverty Institute, in collaboration with UNRISD and the Korean International Cooperation Agency, this event marked the launch of a new book: ‘Learning from South Korean Developmental Success: Effective Development Cooperation and Synergistic Institutions and Policies‘ (2014), edited by Thandika Mkandawire and Ilcheong Yi.
“For the learning process to be a useful exchange of experience, openness to new ideas and creative adaptation is essential” (Mkandawire and Yi, 2014:1)
When learning from the past there are a number of intervening factors to consider, including: