Effective States and Inclusive Development

Global development post-2015: some reflections on convergence and what facilitates it

   Antonio Savoia and David Hulme explore what we know and what we should ask next about developmental convergence.     Research on global development progress during the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) period has been tracking the shift in global wealth occurring with t

WATCH – Benjamin Chemouni on pockets of effectiveness in Rwanda

7 August 2018 Watch our ESID researcher in Rwanda, Dr Benjamin Chemouni, on his new research into pockets of effectiveness

Viewing the territorial reach of the Ethiopian state through the lens of social protection

    14 May 2018 Tom Lavers   A drive of little more than an hour from the eastern edge of Tigray into Afar serves to illustrate some of the many extremes of Ethiopia: a drop in altitude of more than 1,000m; an increase in temperature from the moderate (albeit far from M

Navigating the labyrinths of the ‘deals’ world

30 April 2018 Mirza Hassan and Selim Raihan What’s responsible for the high and stable growth rate in Bangladesh?    For many economists, Bangladesh case is a paradox since such steady and reasonably high growth took place in the context of ‘bad’ or ‘weak&

Not an ordinary speech: A reflection on the first speech of the new Prime Minster of Ethiopia

  23 April 2018 Amdissa Teshome An independent consultant and social science researcher, Amdissa Teshome reports from Addis Ababa with a fascinating insight into the inaugural speech of Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister.   Background to the speech For the past four years i

On Labour Mobility, Economic Growth and Targeted Programmes

    29 March 2018 Lant Pritchett   For at least a couple of decades NGOs and others in developing countries have been designing, evaluating, tinkering, and trying to improve projects and programs that deliver specific in-kind “interventions” (e.g., micro-credit, asset t

Ghana now has free senior high school education – but how do we ensure quality outcomes?

  4 December 2017 Experts on the politics of education from  Ghana’s Centre for Democratic Development, Mohammed Awal and Franklin Oduro investigate the pros and cons of Ghana’s new education policy… In September 2017, the government of Ghana introduced yet anot

The reality of doing business in India

2 November 2017 Sabyasachi Kar is author of the insightful book The Political Economy of India’s Growth Episodes with Kunal Sen. On the release of the World Bank’s Doing Business Rankings, Sabyasachi outlines how the framework developed in their book provides a game-changi

Why have we seen so few developmental states?

  Kunal Sen 5th October 2017   The underlying political settlement within countries too often provides political elites with insufficient incentives to enact the institutional reforms needed for further growth and structural transformation   The original developmental s

Deals and Development

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 “a