Effective States and Inclusive Development

Boom and bust: What’s caused India’s growth slowdown?

5 January 2016 By Kunal Sen For much of the 1990s and 2000s, India was seen as the ‘new kid on the block’ among countries that were growth success stories. This narrative of India’s emerging growth miracle came to a sudden stop in 2011, as growth slowed down considerably. The average

David Hulme’s take on the new UK Aid Strategy

ESID’s CEO David Hulme gives his address as President to The Development Studies Association 16 December 2015 By David Hulme A very new and very different UK aid policy was published on November 23. UK aid has escaped the threat of austerity that has hung over most public spendi

Spotlight on an ESID researcher: Daniel Appiah

7 December 2015 What is your background and how did you become involved in ESID? I did a degree in Political Science at the University of Ghana followed by a Masters in Public Administration in Norway. I did my PHD at York University , UK, with Adrian Leftwich and it was there that I

LISTEN: A Podcast from our renowned researcher, Professor Lant Pritchett, on Five (Hard) Truths

  Lant Pritchett, Harvard Professor of the Practice of International Development and researcher for the Centre for Global Development and ESID delivers a provocative and inspiring talk on the basic mechanics of Drive, Shift, Kink and Strategies for National Development

LISTEN – David Hulme on the MDGs to the SDGs: Transformation or evolution?

CEO of ESID and Global Development Institute Director Professor David Hulme spoke last week at our Global Development Seminar Series. David discussed the recently announced Sustainable Development Goals, and whether they are merely a continuation of the evolving UN “Global Goals” proc

Good COP, bad COP: How COP21 will impact on the SDGs

1 December 2015 By Professor David Hulme The 21st COP Summit started yesterday in Paris. After almost 20 years of climate talks, it is hoped that the international community will finally agree concerted action to tackle climate change. Though a tiny minority still debate the science,

Indrajit Roy reports from the Annual Conference on South Asia

30 November 2015 By Indrajit Roy Each autumn since November 1971, droves of South Asianists have flocked to Madison, capital of the US state of Wisconsin, for the Annual Conference on South Asia. Globally, this three-day event is perhaps the most important on the South Asianist calend

Why is domestic violence legislation falling short in Uganda?

25 November 2015  By Josephine Ahikire and Amon Mwiine In the current discourse on women and policymaking,  there seems to be waning optimism, especially around an apparent paradox:  on the one hand, women have made inroads into important political and policymaking spaces, whereas on

“Agaciro” the Kinyarwanda word for dignity. Ideas of self-reliance in Rwanda

20 November 2015 By Anna Webster At ESID we’re interested in the role of ideas in shaping development. To understand which ideas are salient in particular countries, it helps if you are close to the ground. Our researcher Frederick Golooba-Mutebi spends half his time in Rwanda a

Where are we up to? Ten minutes with Merilee Grindle

16 November 2015 By Anna Webster Last week, a fantastic mix of researchers from around the world came together in a remote location in Sussex, UK, to interrogate and debate ESID’s research to date. This included looking at how ESID’s research can make a difference to the politic