Effective States and Inclusive Development

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

The art of delivery

    16 February 2016  Dan Hynmovitz, Head of Insight and Learning and the Tony Blair Africa Government Initiative, share his insights on delivery   Top three messages for governments and international partners Too much science, not enough art: There is too much focus on

How can poor people be brought into formalised economies?

Our Research Director Professor Kunal Sen has just published a new book: Out of the Shadows? The Informal Sector in Post-Reform India. Here he investigates how the poor can be brought into formalised economies. Kunal Sen 4 February 2016 In recent decades, a number of countries in the

Report from The Annual Conference on Economic Growth and Development

25 January 2016 Subhasish Dey In December, I was lucky enough to attend one of the most prestigious conferences on development economics in the world –  the Annual Conference on Economic Growth and Development organised by the Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi. For this po

At what point will we do something about inequality?

20 January 2016 Professor David Hulme Oxfam’s annual inequality report finds that extreme polarisation – the ownership of global assets by a tiny minority of the world’s population – has increased. Now, only the 62 richest people in the world own the same value of assets as the 3.6 bi