Effective States and Inclusive Development

Why countries need better social protection programmes — rich or not

Lean Alfred Santos 10 August 2016   This blog was first published on Devex.com An investment commitment in the right social protection programmes can help countries to leap over others if they decide it’s a priority. But it’s essential to ensure social protection init

EVENT: Have newly created Indian states promoted inclusive development?

Anna Webster 8 August 2016       Leading academics and policy experts, including India’s top public intellectual, Dr Pratap Bhanu Mehta, are meeting in India this week to discuss the findings of our two-year project on newly created Indian states. Conducted in par

What reverses economic collapse and leads to rapid economic growth?

  Selim Raihan 1 August 2016   Better economic and political institutions matter in reversing growth collapse. Democratisation and improving state bureaucracy can help to take a country out of negative growth episodes. But for a country to transition from stable to rapid gro

Politics matters, so what? Time for bigger bets (and more learning) on adaptive programming

  29 July 2016 Alan Hudson, Executive Director, Global Integrity   The World Bank will produce their World Development Report at the end of this year. Here, politics of development expert, Alan Hudson makes a compelling case for the inclusion of a stronger focus on adaptive

How can we build tax capacity in developing countries?

  Jim Brumby, World Bank 26 July 2016 New ESID research asks how political institutions affect tax capacity in developing economies. In this complimentary World Bank Blog first published here, Jim Brumby highlights the view that successful tax reform in developing countries depen

LISTEN: Podcast of Sam Hickey at Australia National University – Presenting our findings

25 July 2016 Our Research Director Professor Sam Hickey delivered this seminar to The Development Policy Centre at Australia National University on ESID’s research. Which forms of politics matter most, how can these be conceptualised and what kinds of policy implications flow fr

WATCH: Why are local government committed to reducing urban poverty in Uganda?

5 July 2016 One of the questions that Sophie King is researching is what shapes commitment to reducing urban poverty in Uganda. In this video, Sophie outlines a crucial emerging finding about what drives commitment amongst technical officials at a local level:  

Thinking and working with political settlements

5 July 2016 Tim Kelsall This post first appeared on Fragile States   This article aims to give some advice to development practitioners, especially those working in-country, on how to use Political Settlements Analysis (PSA) as a diagnostic tool for country programming. This advi

WATCH: Introducing our research on urban poverty in Uganda

Diana Mitlin and Sophie King talk about their collaborative research on the needs of disadvantaged groups in cities across Uganda. How can local government ensure that local communities have the authority they need to design programmes that work for them?

LISTEN – Beyond add women and stir: Can political settlement analysis take on a stronger gender focus?

29 June 2016 In this podcast, Naomi Hossain of IDS interprets a paper by Sohela Nazneen and Sam Hickey on a gendered approach to political settlement analysis: “There’s a lot to be said about elite masculinities. Why should we not look at political settlements as a particu