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17 July 2014.
By Rowena Harding.
One of the key priorities for our research is not just carrying it out, but making sure it can be used by policy makers and other organisations that can influence the development agenda. So we continually ask colleagues across continents and sectors what can help make research go further.
Nick Manning, ESID’s Honorary Senior Research Fellow, is the former head of the Governance and Public Sector Management group at the World Bank and has significant experience on the receiving end of research.
We asked him for his advice on how researchers can make their research stand out in a crowded market place. Continue Reading →
Delhi, 3ie – International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, 21 July 2014.
“Explaining success, understanding failure in the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act”
A striking feature of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) has been the significant variations in implementation outcomes across and within states. Kunal Sen’s research has examined the factors that determine successful implementation of MGNREGA across eight states in India, as well as variations in implementation across gram panchayats in Bihar, Gujarat, Rajasthan and West Bengal. The study finds that differences in the capacity of the state and commitment of administrative and political elites, along with local power relations and the extent of political competition, affect MGNREGA employment outcomes.
Professor Sen will be presenting the research at the US non-profit organisation 3ie’s office in Delhi. Based in Washington, with programmes operating in Delhi and London under the auspices of the Global Development Network and London International Development Centre, respectively, 3ie (the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation) funds impact evaluations and systematic reviews that generate evidence on what works in development programmes and why.
The research presented will draw on the following ESID working papers:
The event takes place on 21 July. Find out more and register on the 3ie website.
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.