Effective States and Inclusive Development

What comes after all the shouting about politics and aid?

3 February 2015 By Pablo Yanguas. Last week DFID’s research team hosted representatives from four research programme consortia on development, including ESID, for a debate and set of presentations on what we have found so far and what – if anything – DFID can do abou

Is NREGA reaching its end?

19 January 2015 [29 December 2014, original post]. By Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay. Is the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) suffering a midlife crisis or are we staring at its death? From a budget of ₹401 billion in 2010-11, it has plummeted to ₹330 billion

Paths to development: Is there a Bangladesh surprise?

15 January 2015 [5 December 2014 original post]. By Niaz Asadullah and Antonio Savoia. Bangladesh’s economy has recorded remarkable economic performance in the new millennium, though its per capita income has remained low. Even more spectacular has been the steady improvement in its l

Doing Development Differently: The future is now-ish

7 November 2014 By Pablo Yanguas. Two weeks ago Harvard Kennedy School and ODI co-hosted a very particular kind of workshop, entitled “Doing Development Differently”. I say particular because I have not attended anything similar in my years as a grad student or researcher:

The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM): Lessons learnt

5 November 2014. By Sundar Burra. The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), articulated in 2005-06 with a budget of more than Rs.60,000 crores, signalled the beginning of a focus upon the ‘urban’. There were 65 cities where the Urban Infrastructure and Governance (

The reality of the zero-aid budget in Malawi

24 September 2014 By Blessings Chinsinga. The new government of Malawi that was ushered into power following the 20 May  2014 elections started its tenure facing an ultimatum from donors: restore fiscal integrity or forget about the resumption of budgetary support that makes up as muc

Political settlements applied to urban development: 5 key questions

15 August 2014 By Kate Pruce and Pablo Yanguas. In July ESID hosted a small research workshop devoted to the question of whether and how the concept of ‘political settlements’ can be deployed to study urban poverty and development. Much of the discussion pivoted around pre

Ghana’s political settlement undermines prospects for economic transformation

13 August 2014. By Kojo Pumpuni Asante, Franklin Oduro & Awal Mohammed. On 1st August 2014, the Government of Ghana (GoG) announced that it would approach the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for assistance to help stabilise the economy. For watchers of Ghana, this decision is lo

Learning why and how reform works will improve UK aid

11 August 2014. By Leni Wild. Another week, another review of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID): yet, amongst the scrutiny, not enough attention is paid to ensuring how DFID can learn from why certain approaches work better than others. Last week, another enquir

“The MDGs were a disaster”: Meet Lant Pritchett

10 July 2014. The ESID partnership includes many dedicated and accomplished researchers, but few are as outspoken and immune to conventional wisdom as Lant Pritchett. A Professor at Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development, Lant is al