Effective States and Inclusive Development

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

Co-producing knowledge about government vision, commitment and capacity to reduce urban poverty in Uganda

  28 June 2016 By Sophie King in conversation with Katana Goretti, Peter Kasaija and Silver Owere In the first of a series of blogs about our research on urban poverty in Uganda, Sophie King talks about the project’s inclusive research process and methodology: In January 20

Spotlight on an ESID Researcher: Tim Kelsall

 24 June 2016 Tell us a bit about your background I grew up in Manchester, went to university in Oxford and London, and now work for the Overseas Development Institute in London. Before that I had jobs at Oxford and Newcastle universities, and I also worked as a freelance consultant.