Effective States and Inclusive Development

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

Back to “National Development”: Lant Pritchett’s quest for Millennium Development Ideals

21 July 2014. Last week ESID hosted Lant Pritchett‘s public lecture on “Promoting Millennium Development Ideals: The risks of defining development down”. You can read some live tweets of the talk under the hashtag #EffectiveStates, but we provide a more thorough summ

Upcoming event (India): Understanding success and failure of guaranteed employment schemes

Delhi, 3ie – International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, 21 July 2014. “Explaining success, understanding failure in the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act” A striking feature of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employme

Lecture: “Promoting Millennium Development Ideals”, Lant Pritchett

The Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre is delighted to host Lant Pritchett, Professor at Harvard Kennedy School, for a lecture on the risks of defining low-bar development goals. The lecture will take place on 16 July, at 16:30: for information on place and how

“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