Effective States and Inclusive Development

Report from the UNU-WIDER symposium on ‘The Political Economy of Social Protection in Developing Countries’ – Mexico City

     25 February 2016 Kate Pruce   The sculpture below in Mexico City is called ‘El Ángel de la Securidad Social’ (The Angel of Social Security) and was created by Jorge Marín in 2013 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro So

From MDGs to SDGs: All change or no change for the global governance of ‘development’?

Watch ESID CEO, David Hulme deliver the 22nd Bradford Development Lecture

Hoping for the best, preparing for the worst

  17 February 2016   Our Ugandan researcher and journalist, Angelo Izama, on the tensions leading up to the elections in Uganda   The streets of the capital city, Kampala, have emptied. At the offices of an independent news magazine, the managers are pondering. A day be

Spotlight on an ESID researcher: Indrajit Roy

17 February 2016 What is your educational background? My first degree was in history, from the University of Delhi. Then I did a Masters in Social Work, which as a subject in India is closer to Development Studies. I then worked with international NGOs in India for several years, espe

The art of delivery

    16 February 2016  Dan Hynmovitz, Head of Insight and Learning and the Tony Blair Africa Government Initiative, share his insights on delivery   Top three messages for governments and international partners Too much science, not enough art: There is too much focus on

How can poor people be brought into formalised economies?

Our Research Director Professor Kunal Sen has just published a new book: Out of the Shadows? The Informal Sector in Post-Reform India. Here he investigates how the poor can be brought into formalised economies. Kunal Sen 4 February 2016 In recent decades, a number of countries in the

Report from The Annual Conference on Economic Growth and Development

25 January 2016 Subhasish Dey In December, I was lucky enough to attend one of the most prestigious conferences on development economics in the world –  the Annual Conference on Economic Growth and Development organised by the Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi. For this po

At what point will we do something about inequality?

20 January 2016 Professor David Hulme Oxfam’s annual inequality report finds that extreme polarisation – the ownership of global assets by a tiny minority of the world’s population – has increased. Now, only the 62 richest people in the world own the same value of assets as the 3.6 bi

LISTEN: A podcast on our latest findings on social protection in Africa

15 Janaury 2016   Our social protection researchers Dr Tom Lavers, Professor Sam Hickey and Dr Anna McCord deliver a vital talk on their latest findings on social protection in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Zambia, and their implications for policy.

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