Effective States and Inclusive Development

The deals make the difference – watch Matthew Tyce on his Deals and Development book chapter

16 November 2017 While most developing countries have experienced boom and bust growth, why have Thailand and Malaysia experienced sustained growth? And why has this declined since the Asian financial crisis? Matthew Tyce outlines his findings from a chapter co-authored with Kunal Sen

Watch Kunal Sen on his new book Deals and Development. What’s the big idea?

16 November 2017 Rapid economic growth in developing countries is usually put down to good economic institutions. But many developing countries with rapid economic growth actually have weak institutions. New book Deals and Development has a different approach. Kunal explains the book&

Watch co-editor of Deals and Development, Eric Werker, on the book’s powerful policy implications

15 November 2017 Eric Werker is Associate Professor at Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University in Canada. He is also one of the editors of path-breaking new book, Deals and Development, alongside Kunal Sen and Lant Pritchett. Watch him highlight the powerful policy implicat

“This will change the way you see economic growth” – Deals and Development book is available for open access!

9 November 2017 We’re thrilled to announce that Deals and Development, the book resulting from ESID research on the politics of growth is now available to order here  and to download on open access here. This path breaking book is edited by three globally renowned ESID experts o

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