16 July 2014.
ESID‘s latest working paper explores the reasons behind the sharp decline in MGNREGA implementation in the Indian state of Rajasthan since 2010. This paper was produced as part of ESID’s research on the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, the largest social protection scheme in the world. Its author is Dr Deepta Chopra, a Research Fellow on Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction at the Institute for Development Studies.
In this paper Deepta investigates why the performance of MGNREGA has declined so drastically in Rajasthan, which used to be among the highest performing states for the programme. She combines primary and secondary data to examine both the supply side of NREGA – the politicians and technocrats who design and implement the programme – and the demand side – the citizens who are supposed to demand access to public work under the scheme. She finds that the decline in programme performance may have less to do with the needs of the rural poor in Rajasthan than with the perverse incentives of the local officials who control implementation. Continue Reading →
The Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre is delighted to host Lant Pritchett, Professor at Harvard Kennedy School, for a lecture on the risks of defining low-bar development goals.
The lecture will take place on 16 July, at 16:30: for information on place and how to sign up free, please follow this link.
You can access Lant’s paper and a watch short video of him on this blog post.
14 July 2014.
By Rowena Harding.
A policy brief is a concise summary of a particular issue, the policy options to deal with it, and some recommendations on the best option. It is aimed at government policymakers and others who are interested in formulating or influencing policy.
It’s one of many tactics to help research get used by policymakers and can be effective for cold contact across large groups of policymakers; it also helps researchers and supporting teams to get their messages tightened ahead of networking with warm contacts.
But who is responsible for conceiving and writing policy briefs? Should academics be forced to write them because they know their research best? Should communications personnel struggle with the research because they can write accessibly? It’s one of the many debates we see across all our research programmes at ESID and the wider Brooks World Poverty Institute. Continue Reading →
10 July 2014.
The ESID partnership includes many dedicated and accomplished researchers, but few are as outspoken and immune to conventional wisdom as Lant Pritchett. A Professor at Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development, Lant is also one of the key members of ESID’s growth project. His contributions to ESID include the Visual Handbook on The Dynamics of Economic Growth, a paper with Eric Werker on a “Grand Unified Theory” of inclusive growth, and another paper with Kunal Sen and colleagues on estimating the magnitude of growth episodes, with the compelling title “Trillions Gained and Lost”. Continue Reading →