Effective States and Inclusive Development

Towards universal health coverage in Rwanda?

By Dr Benjamin Chemouni 5 January 2017 In 2010, the WHO estimated that, every year, 100 million people are pushed into poverty and 150 million suffer financial catastrophe because of out-of-pocket expenditure on health services. Providing affordable healthcare to the populations of lo

Do Gram Panchayat leaders favour their own constituencies in MNREGA fund allocation?

By Dr Subhasish Dey and Prof Kunal Sen 3 January 2017* Political incentives are known to play a role in the allocation of public resources from upper- to lower-tier governments. This column seeks to examine whether ruling parties in local governments favour their own constituencies in

The politics of productivist social policies in Africa’s new ‘developmental states’

By Dr Tom Lavers 27 December 2016 Much recent research has highlighted the similarities between current administrations in Ethiopia and Rwanda, and the East Asian developmental states that secured such rapid socioeconomic progress over the past 50 years. For the most part, this resear

Bala Yusuf on Donald Trump and anti-establishment populism

GDI PhD candidate Bala Yusuf discusses the perception of Donald Trump as an anti-establishment leader, and compares the Nigerian experience of democracy with that of the US. Bala’s research addresses the politics of development in Nigeria, with specific reference to elite commit

Robbie Watt: What a Trump win means for climate change

Dr Robbie Watt secured his PhD, which critiques the moral economy of carbon markets and carbon offsetting, the day before Donald Trump was announced US President-elect. Here Robbie breaks down why a Trump win is bad news for those who, unlike the new POTUS, believe that climate change

New book by Kunal Sen and Sabyasachi Kar

ESID’s Kunal Sen and Sabyasachi Kar have just published a new title, The Political Economy of India’s Growth Episodes. Described as an unconventional reading of India’s growth experience since independence, it deals in particular with the political economy and instit

Democracy and growth: How are they related?

By Prof Kunal Sen 8 December 2016 Kunal and colleagues Lant Pritchett, Sabyasachi Kar and Selim Raihan have published a working paper on their new research: Democracy versus growth: the political determinants of growth episodes. Below, Kunal addresses their central question of whether

WATCH: Yongmei Zhou on the 2017 World Development Report

Co-director of the 2017 World Development Report, Yongmei Zhou, talks about the relevance of ESID’s work to the report’s theme of power and politics. Read Brian Levy’s blog on The World Development Report.

Events in Washington

30 November 2016 This week ESID are in Washington DC for a number of exciting events. Today starts with a seminar at the World Bank with co-author of the forthcoming World Development Report on Governance and the Law, Yongmei Zhou. Below are more details of this and the rest of the we

Spotlight on an ESID researcher: Tom Lavers

28 November, 2016 Having done an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Tom Lavers‘ trajectory took a turn after he spent time travelling in Peru, and working in an orphanage there. On returning to the UK he completed a doctorate in Development Studies, and has worked in rese