Effective States and Inclusive Development

The Politics of Inclusive Development – ESID book is now open access

10 January 2017 The Politics of Inclusive Development was recently described by Edward S. Mason Professor of International Development, emerita, Harvard Kennedy School, Merilee Grindle as “essential reading for anyone seeking to understand why politics matters”. We’r

Managing for performance in South African basic education

Prof Robert Cameron and Dr Vinothan Naidoo 12 October 2016 Bridging the gap between improving access to primary and secondary education and enhancing the quality of teaching and learning outcomes marks a new frontier on the world’s sustainable development agenda. This challenge is par

Why is the quality of children’s education in Rwanda surprisingly low?

Dr Tim Williams 24 August 2016 When it comes to children’s education in Rwanda, the government is oriented towards action: it has set out a clear national vision for the development of the sector, coordinates well with civil society, and maintains high levels of accountability with li

Will new governance approaches fix the public sector reform agenda?

14 March 2016 [Blog post excerpted from Yanguas & Bukenya (2016), ‘New’ approaches confront ‘old’ challengers in African public sector reform, Third World Quarterly 37 (1)] Public Sector Reform (PSR) is one of the central unsolved challenges of the developm

In it to win it? How powerful political elites manipulate education resources in Ghana

11 January 2016    ESID’s Abdul Gafaru Abdulai and Sam Hickey have just published their article on Ghana’s political settlement in The Journal of African Affairs. Here is a a summary of their findings:     Initial hopes that democratisation would improve prospect

‘New’ approaches confront ‘old’ challenges in African public sector reform

11 January 2016 By Pablo Yanguas. After a bit of a delay, my article with Badru Bukenya on new approaches to PSR has finally hit Third World Quarterly‘s website (print publication will take a while longer). Here is the abstract: The disappointing performance of conventional publ

Breaking the rules, breaking the game: Ideas and protest in the shifting Honduran political settlement

7 October 2015 By Sarah Hunt. One aspect of ESID’s novel approach to political settlements is to examine the role of ideas in shaping state capacity and elite commitment to inclusive development. Research I have just completed in Central America suggests that ideas have played a funda

Transnational capital and the political settlement of Ghana’s oil economy

7 July 2015 By Kojo Asante and Giles Mohan. How has Ghana – one of Africa’s most celebrated democracies – managed its newfound wealth since it struck oil in 2007? This is a profoundly political question that goes to the heart of the resource-development nexus. Our project under the ES

World Development publishes our research on donor political analysis

10 June 2015 Research findings from ESID’s project on donor use of political analysis have now been published in the peer-reviewed journal World Development. The entire article can be read and downloaded for free until 29 July on the journal’s site.

Political analysis: sticking plaster or salvation?

29 April 2014 A conversation between Chris Jordan and Pablo Yanguas Pablo: The new ESID briefing on “Making political analysis useful” is the result of many conversations with donor staff and other people involved in the Thinking and Working Politically community. Virtuall