Effective States and Inclusive Development

NEWS: Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai is awarded 2017 Gerti Hesseling Prize

30th August 2017 We are delighted to announce that Dr Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Gerti Hesseling Prize for ‘the best contribution by a young African scholar’. This was in recognition of his paper co-authored with Sam Hickey published in the

Deals and Development

7 August 2017 Professor Sabyasachi Kar is a key contributer to ESID’s work on the politics of economic growth. He has just contributed a chapter to the landmark forthcoming book, Deals and Development: The Political Dynamics of Growth Episodes, which James Robinson says “a

LISTEN: Sally Cawood discusses domestic violence in Bangladesh

GDI Phd candidate Sally Cawood talks about some of her observations during field work in Bangladesh. Read ESID research on the politics of the Domestic Violence Act in Bangladesh

Social protection in Ethiopia

6 July 2017 On a recent visit to Addis Abada in Ethiopia, Tom Lavers presented his latest research on social protection and Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme. This is his presentation.        Read the research on social protection in Ethiopia  

Drilling down into the drivers of extractive industry governance

Anthony Bebbington 4 July 2017         When a country discovers that it has valuable mineral deposits under its soil, some would say it had won the lottery. Putting aside the question of how and why it was that the country began looking for the minerals in the firs

Spotlight on an ESID expert : Anthony Bebbington

      3 July 2017 Professor Anthony Bebbington leads the ESID research programme on the politics of natural resources and inclusive development. He tells us here about his life and work, and why he challenges the notion of ‘development’.     What m

How politics matters for SDG 16

Prof Sam Hickey’s  presentation, delivered to OECD Govnet meeting on Governance and the SDGs – How politics matters for development and the implications for Sustainable Development Goal 16.

The politics of mining and the resource curse in Ghana

  Abdul Gafaru Abdulai 12 June 2017     Why are some mineral-dependent countries able to translate natural resource wealth into sustainable and inclusive development outcomes, while others often succumb to the resource curse or Dutch Disease? Most analysts argue that th

WATCH: What needs to happen about illegal mining in Ghana?

8 June 2017 Known as ‘galamsey’, illegal small-scale mining has really captured the attention of the media and the public in Ghana recently. It’s an urgent issue. The practice is poisoning the water and Ghana may need to import water in as little as three years time

FINDINGS: Competitive politics and the challenge of combating illegal mining in Ghana

1 June 2017 Dr Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai In the last three months, the Ghanaian media landscape has been dominated by discussions about the dangers of illegal mining. Although Ghana has had a formalised process for engaging in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) on a legal basis since t