Effective States and Inclusive Development

Research on the political economy of Ghana’s oil is published in New Political Economy Journal

27 March 2018  ESID Research on the politics of governing Ghana’s oil has been published as an article, Party politics and the political economy of Ghana’s oil, in the New Political Economy Journal. The research first came out as a working paper. The article, by ESID resea

In conversation: Pablo Yanguas and Diana Mitlin

21 March 2018 Listen to Diana Mitlin interview Pablo Yanguas about his new book Why We Lie About Aid which is out now on Zed books.  They discuss the aid sector, accountability and the Department for International Development. For more on Pablo Yanguas: Pablo Yanguas Why We Lie About

In memory of Simeen Mahmud

21 March 2018 Everyone at ESID is saddened to hear that Simeen Mahmud recently passed away. Simeen was head of the Gender Studies Cluster and the Coordinator of the Centre for Gender and Social Transformation (CGST) at BRAC University in Bangladesh. Simeen was also an outstanding, hig

Why We Lie About Aid – In defence of hopeful pragmatism

19 March 2018 Pablo Yanguas Pablo’s provocative new book Why We Lie About Aid, is described by ODI Principal Research Fellow David Booth as ‘one of the most exciting books about development aid in many years’. Here Pablo talks about why he wrote the book and what he wants to ach

Revisiting the developmental state – New SPERI paper

8 February 2018 Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) are pleased to announce a new SPERI paper edited by Matt Bishop and Tony Payne on ‘Revisiting the developmental state’. Originally published as a blog series late last year, the paper brings together a number of em

EVENT – The politics of growth: transformative ideas in economies

On 9 February, ODI are holding an event on the politics of growth, featuring our researchers and discussing our recent publication. Deals and Development. Register to attend or watch online here. Contributing chair: Tim Kelsall, @TimKelsall1 – Senior Research Fellow, Overseas De

Spotlight on an ESID expert – Vinothan Naidoo

20 December 2017 Vinothan Naidoo is a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Administration at the University of Cape Town. He is a key contributer to ESID’s research on education in South Africa.   What made you want to work in development research? During my graduate resear

EVENT – Seminars at UNRISD

12 December 2017 Today, the ESID team, including Tom Lavers, Sohela Nazneen and Sam Hickey, are at UNRISD in Geneva, presenting at two seminars: 9.15 – 16.00 – The political drivers of transformative and inclusive development: Examples from social policy and gender-egalita

Ghana now has free senior high school education – but how do we ensure quality outcomes?

  4 December 2017 Experts on the politics of education from  Ghana’s Centre for Democratic Development, Mohammed Awal and Franklin Oduro investigate the pros and cons of Ghana’s new education policy… In September 2017, the government of Ghana introduced yet anot

The Annual Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture

28 November 2017 This year’s Adrian Leftwich Lecture is by Prof William Ferguson on Collective action for greater equality. Join us on Wednesday 29th November, 5.00 – 6.30 pm, Roscoe Building, Theatre A.