Effective States and Inclusive Development

The political challenge of turning transnational social protection goals into effective national policy coalitions

30 September 2015 Earlier this month at the Development Studies Association meeting, ESID researchers working on our social protection project presented preliminary evidence from Zambia, Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya. With the diffusion of social protection policies across Africa driven la

Universal access to sanitation requires a revolution in understanding

28 September 2015 By Professor Diana Mitlin, who leads the ESID project on urban poverty in India. Goal 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) makes a clear commitment to universal access to sanitation: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for

Watch: Prof. David Hulme on prospects for the Sustainable Development Goals

24 September 2015 Effective States CEO Professor David Hulme discusses the implications of the Sustainable Development Goals in a new video: In an accompanying blog post, he warns that without the agreement of a strong climate change treaty at the end of the year, the SDGs risk being

How the centralised politics of education improve access but neglect quality

8 September 2015 Researchers working on ESID’s education project presented their comparative findings at the Development Studies Association meeting taking place in Bath this week. Using primary research from Bangladesh, Rwanda, Ghana and Uganda, the team found that access to ed

New book: Making the State Work

4 August 2015 Professor David Hulme, ESID’s CEO, introduces this new edition of Governance, Management and Development: Making the State Work. He outlines how the debates have changed and sums up the four key themes of the book. The last 25 years have seen the most rapid economi

Video: Emerging findings on gender

30 July 2015 We recently caught up with Professor Sohela Nazneen, the Effective States gender project lead, to discuss the emerging findings. Read more of the gender project research here.

Transnational capital and the political settlement of Ghana’s oil economy

7 July 2015 By Kojo Asante and Giles Mohan. How has Ghana – one of Africa’s most celebrated democracies – managed its newfound wealth since it struck oil in 2007? This is a profoundly political question that goes to the heart of the resource-development nexus. Our project under the ES

Effective States is recruiting

Do you have a proven track record in research communication and promoting research uptake? Interested in how effective states and politics can produce social justice? If so, we might have just the job for you, as we’re seeking a Communications & Uptake Officer to join our team. Th

World Development publishes our research on donor political analysis

10 June 2015 Research findings from ESID’s project on donor use of political analysis have now been published in the peer-reviewed journal World Development. The entire article can be read and downloaded for free until 29 July on the journal’s site.

The political economy of governance measurement

9 June 2015 By David Hulme, Debora Malito, Antonio Savoia and Gaby Umbach. Most scholars and policy-makers agree that the design of rules and regulations, the effectiveness of policies and the competence of public bodies play a crucial role in the functioning of states and economies.