Effective States and Inclusive Development

How can developing countries learn to tax?

28 January 2019 Antonio Savoia, Roberto Ricciuti and Kunal Sen This blog was first published on OECD Development Matters The capability to raise revenues from taxes – often called fiscal capacity – is a crucial aspect for the functioning of every state, particularly in developing coun

Aid for social protection may help African governments maintain power

Rasmus Hundsbæk Pedersen, Lars Buur, Thabit Jacob and Padil Salimo 18 December 2018 In theory, development aid is about helping the world’s poor. Therefore, there are rules on how to distribute aid if it is to be counted as official development assistance (ODA). Much aid is given thro

“Outstanding” research in prestigious article collection by World Development

20 September 2018 An article in World Development based on an ESID working paper on poverty reduction and the MDGs has been selected for an article collection of five papers that have a fundamental connection to the goals of sustainability and development. This outstanding research by

The politics and governance of basic education – drilling into the details

    18 September 2018 Lead editor of new open access book on how politics influences learning outcomes in South Africa, Brian Levy gives an overview of the book and its key findings.   The view that ‘context matters’,  that development practice needs to move from ‘best

An excerpt from Governing Extractive Industries – Resource Extraction and Inclusive Development

22 August 2018   This exciting new book is drawn from ESID research on natural resource governance  that began in 2012. The book’s chapters cover: resource extraction and inclusive development, before looking at specific examples in Peru, Bolivia, Zambia and Ghana. Politica

PODCAST – An interview with Sophie King on the process of researching urban poverty in Uganda

Read the working paper on this research here.

New journal article on the politics of Ghana’s oil

17th July 2018 A new open access article by ESID researchers Giles Mohan, Kojo Asante and Abdul Gafaru Abdulai has just been published in New Political Economy. Ghana’s status as a new oil producer raises questions about the developmental effects of resources, and the role of politica

New open access article in Development and Change – The decline of gangsters and the politicisation of violence in urban Bangladesh

4 July 2018 Dr David Jackman’s innovative research on the organisation of violence in Bangladesh has been published in Development and Change. Dr Jackman conducted his ethnographic research from a large marketplace in the centre of Dhaka, pictured below, examining the rise and f

New book Governing Extractive Industries is available for open access!

2 July 2018   Last week we launched a new book, Governing Extractive Industries, at the DSA Conference and now it’s free to access here. By Anthony Bebbington, Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai, Denise Humphreys Bebbington, Marja Hinfelaar, and Cynthia Sanborn – Uses Latin America

New journal article brings a different take on Rwandan policy making

18 June 2018   A new article by Pritish Behuria in The Journal of International Development has an interesting new take on Rwandan policy making. Rwanda’s economic recovery since the genocide is largely associated with the government’s effective leadership. This paper questions t