Effective States and Inclusive Development

Alice Evans: The return of the Global Gag Rule, and the global politics of abortion

Let’s not overestimate the influence of the US. The rest of the world can stand up for progress. By Dr Alice Evans 30 January 2017 All around the world fewer women are dying in childbirth than they used to. Since 1990, the maternal mortality rate has almost halved. We are making

WATCH: Sarah Nandudu on the factors behind TSUPU’s success

Sarah Nandudu, Vice President at National Slum Dwellers Federation, Uganda, identifies key factors behind the success of ESID’s Transforming Settlements of the Urban Poor in Uganda (TSUPU) programme. The presentation took place at our research reflections workshop at the Ministr

WATCH: Effective housing solutions for the urban poor

Professor Diana Mitlin outlines key factors involved in designing effective housing solutions for the urban poor, as part of our 2016 workshop on ESID’s Transforming Settlements of the Urban Poor in Uganda programme.

Felipe González-Zapata: Trump and the open government data movement

Felipe is a PhD candidate at the Global Development Institute, investigating the politics of open government data in Chile. Here he recounts his reaction to Donald Trump’s election win, and the implications of a Trump presidency for the movement globally.

ESID academics co-producing knowledge with informal settlement residents

By Diana Mitlin 12 January 2017 In December a team from ESID visited Uganda to share the outcomes of research on TSUPU: the Transforming Settlements of the Urban Poor Programme. In the first in a series of blogs on this innovative research on urban poverty in Uganda, Diana reflects on

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

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