Effective States and Inclusive Development

LISTEN – Beyond add women and stir: Can political settlement analysis take on a stronger gender focus?

29 June 2016 In this podcast, Naomi Hossain of IDS interprets a paper by Sohela Nazneen and Sam Hickey on a gendered approach to political settlement analysis: “There’s a lot to be said about elite masculinities. Why should we not look at political settlements as a particu

Co-producing knowledge about government vision, commitment and capacity to reduce urban poverty in Uganda

  28 June 2016 By Sophie King in conversation with Katana Goretti, Peter Kasaija and Silver Owere In the first of a series of blogs about our research on urban poverty in Uganda, Sophie King talks about the project’s inclusive research process and methodology: In January 20

WATCH: Exciting new film on our research in Ghana

This new film, featuring our Ghanaian researchers, was made in Ghana and reveals our key findings on the politics of development.

WATCH: Why do coalitions work in some places and not in others?

In this insightful video, Professor Diana Mitlin outlines her research findings on what can make coalitions work:

Does democracy cause growth?

  By Daron Acemoglu, Suresh Naidu, Pascual Restrepo, James Robinson  3 June 2016 This post first appeared on Ideas for India Many analysts view democracy as a neutral or negative factor for growth. This column discusses new evidence showing that democracy has a robust and sizeabl

Can extractive industries promote development?

      1 June 2016 By Neil McCulloch This post first appear on the Unu-Wider Blog.   I spent the last couple of days at a fascinating workshop at UNU-WIDER on the role of extractive industries in development. Tony Addison, UNU-WIDER Chief Economist-Deputy Director,

Crises and social protection in Ethiopia: New challenges, new opportunities?

Dr Tom Lavers 12 April 2016 ESID research on the politics of social protection shows that crises have been central drivers of social protection expansion in Ethiopia, and elsewhere. Today, Ethiopia is rocked by further challenges: the most severe El Niño in decades, leading to a food

MNREGA, India’s Rural Employment Guarantee – 10 years on

    22 March 2016 Professor Kunal Sen     For the tenth anniversary of  MNREGA, our Research Director, Professor Kunal Sen, evaluates whether MNREGA has achieved its broader development objectives. He also looks at why the programme’s implementation has been challe

Transparency on extractive industries and the problem of shrinking civic space

        11 March 2016 Anthony Bebbington   During the last week of February 2016, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative  (EITI) swept into Lima to hold its Global Meetings.  Alongside the formal meeting programme, civil society organisations, compa

Hoping for the best, preparing for the worst

  17 February 2016   Our Ugandan researcher and journalist, Angelo Izama, on the tensions leading up to the elections in Uganda   The streets of the capital city, Kampala, have emptied. At the offices of an independent news magazine, the managers are pondering. A day be