Effective States and Inclusive Development

“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

How do we know if we are making a difference? The challenging nature of impact evaluations in practice

20 June 2014 By Kate Pruce. ESID’s aim is to “create a robust, relevant and accessible body of evidence that will help local, national and international efforts in developing countries to secure states that are more effective at and committed to delivering inclusive development”. Rath

The zeitgeist of political economy analysis

4 June 2014. By Pablo Yanguas. On Monday David Hulme and I attended a half-day workshop at ODI entitled “Aiding reform: Lessons on what works, what doesn’t and why” (read the summary here). It was basically a gathering of scholars, consultants and practitioners worki

Learning from the past: the South Korean case

3 June 2014 By Kate Pruce. Hosted by the Brooks World Poverty Institute, in collaboration with UNRISD and the Korean International Cooperation Agency, this event marked the launch of a new book: ‘Learning from South Korean Developmental Success: Effective Development Cooperation

Political settlements in post-conflict states: David Craig’s lessons from Cambodia and the Pacific

23 May 2014 By Kate Pruce. Current donor approaches to ‘successful transition’ in post-conflict states focus on institutional reforms, with the aim of creating an underlying settlement leading to strengthened security and democracy. However, this narrative simplicity disappears in any

Cape Town post-mortem: 6 things I learned about ESID

6 May 2014. By Pablo Yanguas. I have been working as part of ESID for a little over 15 months now, but last week was the first time that I actually saw the faces of many of our partners and realised their passion for what they do. The Cape Town workshop was a whirlwind tour of the lat

Cape Town Live Blog: Day Four – Poverty’s voice

1 May 2014 One of the best ways to understand the complex power structures that stand in the way of people moving out of poverty is to walk streets where people live and talk to them about their living conditions. So the ESID Cape Town conference attendees were fortunate to be given t

Cape Town Live Blog: Day Three – What have we learned?

30 April 2014. By Rowena Harding. 35 researchers, some policy makers and media, three days, and at least eight hours of meetings a day. What have we learned? In true research style, we could provide a working paper of evidence on our learnings from the conference, but to embrace our n

Cape Town Live Blog: Day Two – Should researchers do popular communications?

29 April 2014. By Rowena Harding. What skills does an academic researcher need to have? I’ve never been an academic researcher – unless you count a brief period of behavioural science as an undergraduate many moons ago. But observing the first communications workshop in our Cape

Cape Town Live Blog: Day One – What’s the deal with political settlements?

28 April 2014. By Pablo Yanguas. Getting academics to agree on something is like herding cats; but cats too can sometimes surprise you. Day 1 of the ESID Midterm Workshop in Cape Town has highlighted many of the differences that we have in how much we get out of our core analytical fr