Effective States and Inclusive Development

Upcoming event: Going beyond ‘politics matters’ – ESID’s approach and findings

    3 June 2016 On 6 July, our Research Director, Professor Sam Hickey will deliver a lecture at Australian National University on ESID’s approach and findings: “Going beyond ‘politics patters’ in international development”. Here’s an outl

Does democracy cause growth?

  By Daron Acemoglu, Suresh Naidu, Pascual Restrepo, James Robinson  3 June 2016 This post first appeared on Ideas for India Many analysts view democracy as a neutral or negative factor for growth. This column discusses new evidence showing that democracy has a robust and sizeabl

Can extractive industries promote development?

      1 June 2016 By Neil McCulloch This post first appear on the Unu-Wider Blog.   I spent the last couple of days at a fascinating workshop at UNU-WIDER on the role of extractive industries in development. Tony Addison, UNU-WIDER Chief Economist-Deputy Director,

Spotlight on Subhasish Dey

  23 May 2016   Subhasish completed his PhD at The University of Manchester in January 2016. He is an ESID research associate on the  world’s biggest employment guarantee programme of India, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. He was also recently

LISTEN: Podcast on the politics of maternal healthcare

Tim Kelsall gives a talk, revealing our research findings on the politics of maternal healthcare in developing countries

Public sector reform in Rwanda is driven by a legitimation strategy

By Dr Benjamin Chemouni 13 May 2016 Benjamin is the country researcher for Rwanda in ESID’s project on comparative public sector reform in Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda. This project is centred on the political economy of reform in the sectors of public sector planning, civil servi

The role and responsibility of foreign aid in recipient political settlements

10 May 2016 Pablo Yanguas’ recent ESID working paper acknowledges that foreign aid is a major transnational influence in many developing countries, and examines the ethical issues this raises for aid practitioners. The paper makes three contributions. First, it reshapes the concept of

300 economists call for tax haven crackdown

9 May 2016 ESID CEO Professor David Hulme and Research Director, Professor Kunal Sen have joined with 300 other top economists, calling on world leaders to “lift the veil of secrecy” surrounding tax havens. The letter, reproduced in full below, comes ahead of a global Anti-Corruption

Maternal Health Care in Developing Countries – A presentation

9 May 2016 ESID’s Tim Kelsall, Frederick Golooba-Mutebi and Sam Hickey recently presented their research on the performance of maternal health care in developing countries. They find that traditional health systems work well in dominant settlements like Rwanda, but in others, ma