Effective States and Inclusive Development

Effective States Reaches the Big Five-O

By Chris Jordan Effective States has just turned 50 – at least in terms of working papers published!           Since February 2012, we’ve published 1.25 new working papers per month and have lots more in the pipeline. So what’s been getting the most attention?  The top five most

Reinventing the gender-blind wheel?

26 May 2015 By Pablo Yanguas. A week ago I participated in the OECD-DAC’s INCAF workshop on PSG1. Too many acronyms? OK, let us go one by one. The OECD Development Assistance Committee is the aspirational brain of the aid community, fostering the agenda of aid effectiveness, con

Researcher spotlight: Blessings Chinsinga

14 May 2015 Role Professor Blessings Chinsinga is an ESID researcher in Malawi focusing on the country’s political settlement and its implications for inclusive growth and development. He fulfils two roles at the University of Malawi: since 1996 he has been Associate Professor at the

Researcher spotlight: William Muhumuza

8 May 2015. Role Professor William Muhumuza is a researcher for ESID working on the politics of regional inequality in sub-Saharan Africa research project, focusing on Uganda. He teaches in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Makerere University, Uganda, w

Growth slowdowns: Middle-income trap vs. regression to the mean

7 May 2015 By Lant Pritchett and Lawrence H. Summers. [Re-posted from VOX – CEPR’s Policy Portal.] No question is more important for the living standards of billions of people, or for the evolution of the global system than the question of how rapidly differently economies

Political analysis: sticking plaster or salvation?

29 April 2014 A conversation between Chris Jordan and Pablo Yanguas Pablo: The new ESID briefing on “Making political analysis useful” is the result of many conversations with donor staff and other people involved in the Thinking and Working Politically community. Virtuall

The challenges of managing development differently

8 April 2015 By Pablo Yanguas. On April 2nd ODI hosted a group of aid practitioners and public sector researchers gathered for the purpose of discussing whether the “Doing Development Differently” (DDD) agenda can in fact be managed by development organisations. It seemed

Researching the political economy of social protection in Africa

30 March 2015 By Tom Lavers When and why do states take a direct interest in the welfare of their populations? What types of state introduce social policies and which ones are capable of delivering on these commitments? Research on the politics of social policy in Europe, the US, Lati

Political aid thinking, fast and slow

17 March 2015 By Pablo Yanguas. These days I am reading psychologist Daniel Kahneman‘s book Thinking, Fast and Slow (2012), in which he outlines two aspects of our brains which determine how we process information, associate ideas and solve problems. Kahneman speaks of two syste

‘Leave no-one behind’: what do we mean by ‘inclusion’?

12 March 2015 By Kate Pruce and Diana Mitlin By calling for a pledge to ‘leave no-one behind’ as the first principle of the post-2015 development agenda, the UN High Level Panel report places social justice at the heart of the  new agenda, emphasising the need to reach the most vulner