Effective States and Inclusive Development

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

David Hulme’s take on the new UK Aid Strategy

ESID’s CEO David Hulme gives his address as President to The Development Studies Association 16 December 2015 By David Hulme A very new and very different UK aid policy was published on November 23. UK aid has escaped the threat of austerity that has hung over most public spendi

LISTEN: A Podcast from our renowned researcher, Professor Lant Pritchett, on Five (Hard) Truths

  Lant Pritchett, Harvard Professor of the Practice of International Development and researcher for the Centre for Global Development and ESID delivers a provocative and inspiring talk on the basic mechanics of Drive, Shift, Kink and Strategies for National Development

LISTEN – David Hulme on the MDGs to the SDGs: Transformation or evolution?

CEO of ESID and Global Development Institute Director Professor David Hulme spoke last week at our Global Development Seminar Series. David discussed the recently announced Sustainable Development Goals, and whether they are merely a continuation of the evolving UN “Global Goals” proc

Samuel Finer: A legacy of humanist political science

30 October 2015 By Pablo Yanguas. Serendipity is an often-neglected feature of academic life. Having moved to Manchester in order to join ESID in 2013, I could not have predicted that one of the very authors who had influenced my graduate musings on state building and civil-military r

Bringing politics and economic growth together

14 October 2015 Nicholas Waddell, a DFID Governance Adviser working on ‘Governance for Economic Development’ (G4ED) draws on ESID’s work to explore the links between governance and economic growth.  [Originally posted on Oxfam’s From Poverty To Power blog] Should I play it