Effective States and Inclusive Development

LISTEN: Sally Cawood discusses domestic violence in Bangladesh

GDI Phd candidate Sally Cawood talks about some of her observations during field work in Bangladesh. Read ESID research on the politics of the Domestic Violence Act in Bangladesh

The politics of mining and the resource curse in Ghana

  Abdul Gafaru Abdulai 12 June 2017     Why are some mineral-dependent countries able to translate natural resource wealth into sustainable and inclusive development outcomes, while others often succumb to the resource curse or Dutch Disease? Most analysts argue that th

WATCH: What needs to happen about illegal mining in Ghana?

8 June 2017 Known as ‘galamsey’, illegal small-scale mining has really captured the attention of the media and the public in Ghana recently. It’s an urgent issue. The practice is poisoning the water and Ghana may need to import water in as little as three years time

The ideational turn in development politics

2 May 2017 Dr Pablo Yanguas As we near completion of Phase 1 research (and gear up for 2.5 years of Phase 2), those of us involved in ESID’s theoretical synthesis feel pretty confident about the basic elements of our framework. Going beyond the somewhat simplistic readings of in

South Africa’s crisis: Calling things by their true name

  20 April 2017 Brian Levy warns that the magnitude of what is at stake in the current crisis in South Africa is at risk of being underplayed    The promiscuous use of the accusation of ‘corruption’ to cover all sins risks obscuring the nature of South Africa’s current crisi

Repealing resource transparency – a shameful descent into collusion with criminality

By Brian Levy 29 March 2017 ESID will soon be publishing a synthesis of new research on the politics of the extractive industry in Africa and Latin America. Here, our researcher, Brian Levy, writes about the recent ‘unconscionable’ US vote to repeal transparency for oil an

WATCH: Alice Evans on the return of the Global Gag Rule

It’s International Women’s Day on Wednesday (March 8), and we’ll be bringing you comment from some of our gender researchers in the lead-up. First, Alice Evans expands on her recent blog, looking at the return of the Global Gag Rule and the global politics of abortio

Book Review: The Politics of Inclusive Development: Interrogating the Evidence

Dr Brendan Halloran 27 February 2017 I recently reviewed The Politics of Inclusive Development for The Journal of Development Studies. I thought it was a really compelling set of conceptual and empirical explorations, and I highly recommend it. This is a slightly amended version of th

The banality of certainty: Debating the ethics and psychology of aid

By Pablo Yanguas. 23 February 2017 On 3 February I attended a fascinating workshop at the University of Sheffield hosted by frequent ESID collaborator Tom Goodfellow. Under the title ‘Ethical dilemmas and cognitive dissonance in international development’, the event brough

Spotlight on an ESID expert – Research Associate Eleni Sifaki

  2 February 2017 Eleni Sifaki recently joined ESID as a Research Associate and is currently focusing on our women’s empowerment research. Here she tells us more about her life and work.   What were you doing before joining ESID? Before joining ESID I completed my PhD