Effective States and Inclusive Development

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

Exciting research findings on how to make a difference to the lives of the urban poor in India

5 November 2015 By Professor Diana Mitlin, who leads the ESID project on urban poverty in India. This research project is a unique collaboration between an action-research NGO, the Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centres, a former Indian Administrative Service officer, an I

Samuel Finer: A legacy of humanist political science

30 October 2015 By Pablo Yanguas. Serendipity is an often-neglected feature of academic life. Having moved to Manchester in order to join ESID in 2013, I could not have predicted that one of the very authors who had influenced my graduate musings on state building and civil-military r

Meet Anna Webster – New ESID Communications and Uptake Officer

  30th October 2015 What’s your background? I was born and brought up in Leeds and I did my degree in Media, Culture and Society at the University of Birmingham. I then moved to Liverpool and lived there for 14 years, working for a number of different NGOs, as a freelance j

Spotlight on an ESID Researcher: Kojo Asante

29th October 2015  What is your background and how did you come to be at ESID? I first came to the UK in 1998 to study law.  I qualified as a barrister, but after two years at a solicitor’s practice I realised law wasn’t for me. I did a Masters in African Studies in the US

Bringing politics and economic growth together

14 October 2015 Nicholas Waddell, a DFID Governance Adviser working on ‘Governance for Economic Development’ (G4ED) draws on ESID’s work to explore the links between governance and economic growth.  [Originally posted on Oxfam’s From Poverty To Power blog] Should I play it

Angus Deaton wins the 2015 Nobel Prize for Economics

13 October 2015 By Anna Webster The renowned Princeton Economist Angus Deaton has just won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Economics and his insights on effective states are vital reading. “He’s been the most rigorous of economists looking at how you measure world poverty,”

1st Samuel Finer “Development of Government” conference

12 October 2015 By Pablo Yanguas. On 3 November,  ESID will co-host the first Samuel Finer “Development of Government” conference at the University of Manchester. This one-day event, running from 9am to 8:30pm, serves two purposes. First, we want to celebrate the work of t

Breaking the rules, breaking the game: Ideas and protest in the shifting Honduran political settlement

7 October 2015 By Sarah Hunt. One aspect of ESID’s novel approach to political settlements is to examine the role of ideas in shaping state capacity and elite commitment to inclusive development. Research I have just completed in Central America suggests that ideas have played a funda

The majority of the world’s poor are in school so why aren’t they learning?

30 September 2015 ESID Researcher Lant Pritchett has written for The Guardian on the need for research into rapidly improving the quality of schooling if the world is going to meet the demands of the global education goal. If you want to find a child who lacks education today, the pla