Effective States and Inclusive Development

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

ESID Mid-Term Workshop: Live blogging from Cape Town

27 April 2014. By Pablo Yanguas. Over 40 ESID researchers have converged on Cape Town in the last 24 hours. They come from South Africa, Ghana, Uganda, Malawi, India, Bangladesh, Spain, the United States and the United Kingdom. Their mission – should they choose to accept it 

Trillions gained and lost – The Wealth of Nations revisited

16 April 2014. By Kunal Sen. Why are there such significant and persistent differences in living standards across countries? This is one of the most important and challenging areas of development policy.  For individual countries in the developing world, extreme fluctuations in growth

Development plans are political statements

9 April 2014. No system of development administration can be effective that ignores or discounts the political dimensions of decision-making. Ultimately, all development plans are political statements and all attempts to implement them are political acts. The pretension that planners

Designing ESID’s research on Public Sector Reform

31 March 2014. By Pablo Yanguas. With “Effective States” as the first half of our name (and the entirety of our url!), ESID’s conceptual approach to the politics of development places a major emphasis on the ability of the public sector to deliver quality services. M

Staff Spotlight: David Hulme

18 March 2014. David Hulme is ESID’s Chief Executive Officer. A Professor of Development Studies at the Institute for Development Policy and Management at the University of Manchester, David is also Executive Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute and CEO of the Brazil i