Effective States and Inclusive Development

Stanford workshop: Measuring State Quality

2 April 2014. By Kunal Sen. On 2-4 March 2014 the Stanford Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) Governance Project organised a workshop on “Measuring State Quality: In China and Beyond”. The workshop was led by Francis Fukuyama and attracted a high

Designing ESID’s research on Public Sector Reform

31 March 2014. By Pablo Yanguas. With “Effective States” as the first half of our name (and the entirety of our url!), ESID’s conceptual approach to the politics of development places a major emphasis on the ability of the public sector to deliver quality services. M

Guest post: How “poor” economics informs the political culture of Bangladesh

26 March 2014. By Binayak Sen. Bangladesh’s experience of the last two decades suggests that decent long-term economic development can take place under political regimes engaged in a mimicry of democracy. In other contexts, arguably, such a mismatch between economic and politica

Governance as a Global Development Goal?

25 March 2014. There is increasing recognition that governance matters, to the point of considering it a desirable global development goal in its own right. In the latest ESID working paper – Governance as a Global Development Goal? – David Hulme, Antonio Savoia and Kunal

UK to meet 0.7% aid, but what about effectiveness?

20 March 2014 Yesterday George Osborne’s budget speech restated Britain’s commitment to meet the target of 0.7% of national income contributed as foreign assistance. As a matter of fact,  given the economic growth forecasts for the country the target may have already been

Staff Spotlight: David Hulme

18 March 2014. David Hulme is ESID’s Chief Executive Officer. A Professor of Development Studies at the Institute for Development Policy and Management at the University of Manchester, David is also Executive Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute and CEO of the Brazil i

How should Uganda grow?

14 March 2014. ESID’s new working paper answers the question “How should Uganda grow?” Authors Ricardo Hausmann, Brad Cunningham, John Matovu, Rosie Osire and Kelly Wyett use product-space analysis that, in light of the country’s structural trends and productiv

Briefing: State capacity in the post-2015 agenda

12 March 2014. ESID’s latest briefing paper argues that state capacity indicators should be an integral component of the post-2015 development agenda. Authored by Kunal Sen, Matthias vom Hau and Pablo Yanguas, the paper builds on a workshop held at Johns Hopkins School of Advanc

Deciphering the confusing new politics of international aid

12 March 2014. Earlier this year Thomas Carothers was a guest lecturer at ESID’s “Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture”. During his visit to Manchester we were able to ask him about some of the key ideas included in his influential book on politics and aid with Diane de

New Delhi Workshop: Politics Shapes MGNREGA Implementation in India

5 March 2014. On January 22nd the India International Centre of New Delhi hosted a workshop presenting the findings of an ESID-led research project on the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), the world’s largest social welfare scheme. An audience of public