Effective States and Inclusive Development

Towards universal health coverage in Rwanda?

By Dr Benjamin Chemouni 5 January 2017 In 2010, the WHO estimated that, every year, 100 million people are pushed into poverty and 150 million suffer financial catastrophe because of out-of-pocket expenditure on health services. Providing affordable healthcare to the populations of lo

Do Gram Panchayat leaders favour their own constituencies in MNREGA fund allocation?

By Dr Subhasish Dey and Prof Kunal Sen 3 January 2017* Political incentives are known to play a role in the allocation of public resources from upper- to lower-tier governments. This column seeks to examine whether ruling parties in local governments favour their own constituencies in

The politics of productivist social policies in Africa’s new ‘developmental states’

By Dr Tom Lavers 27 December 2016 Much recent research has highlighted the similarities between current administrations in Ethiopia and Rwanda, and the East Asian developmental states that secured such rapid socioeconomic progress over the past 50 years. For the most part, this resear

Cathy Wilcock: Donald Trump, US nationalism and migration

Dr Cathy Wilcock recently graduated from GDI with a PhD focused on diaspora activism and peace-building, specific to Sudanese communities in the UK and the roles they play in peace-building processes in Sudan. Here she outlines her fears for global development and migration practice a

Bala Yusuf on Donald Trump and anti-establishment populism

GDI PhD candidate Bala Yusuf discusses the perception of Donald Trump as an anti-establishment leader, and compares the Nigerian experience of democracy with that of the US. Bala’s research addresses the politics of development in Nigeria, with specific reference to elite commit

Robbie Watt: What a Trump win means for climate change

Dr Robbie Watt secured his PhD, which critiques the moral economy of carbon markets and carbon offsetting, the day before Donald Trump was announced US President-elect. Here Robbie breaks down why a Trump win is bad news for those who, unlike the new POTUS, believe that climate change

Democracy and growth: How are they related?

By Prof Kunal Sen 8 December 2016 Kunal and colleagues Lant Pritchett, Sabyasachi Kar and Selim Raihan have published a working paper on their new research: Democracy versus growth: the political determinants of growth episodes. Below, Kunal addresses their central question of whether

WATCH: Yongmei Zhou on the 2017 World Development Report

Co-director of the 2017 World Development Report, Yongmei Zhou, talks about the relevance of ESID’s work to the report’s theme of power and politics. Read Brian Levy’s blog on The World Development Report.

WATCH: Benjamin Chemouni on the state of things in Burundi

ESID researcher Benjamin Chemouni comments below on the current political climate in Burundi, which has been in a state of violent crisis following President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial decision to run for a third term in 2015. Since Nkurunziza’s subsequent re-election, ma

LISTEN: Nic van de Walle at Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture

The audio of last week’s annual Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture is now available online. Listen below to what was a great lecture by Cornell University professor and leading expert on democratic development, Nic van de Walle. Nic spoke on social coalitions and democratic develo