Effective States and Inclusive Development

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

Vidushi Bahaguna Reports from The Development in the Face of Global Inequalities Conference, IBEI

    Vidushi Bahaguna 31 May 2017       The ‘Development in the Face of Global Inequalities’ conference held at the Institut Barcelona D’estudis Internacionals (IBEI) in Spain saw the coming together of scholars, practitioners and policymakers from across the w

LISTEN: Emerging messages and lingering questions from our research on Rwanda

We hosted a great workshop in London on 8 May 2017 with some members of the ESID network. Its purpose was to explore emerging messages and lingering questions related to our research so far. This first segment was an explainer regarding ESID’s core messages on Rwanda. Thank you to pre

Tim Williams’ education in Rwanda research published in World Development

Congratulations to ESID researcher Tim Williams, whose paper, ‘The political economy of primary education: Lessons from Rwanda’, has been published in the August issue of World Development. The paper draws on Tim’s research for ESID, as captured in Working Paper 64 &

Active citizenship when bureaucracies are weak – some school-level lessons from South Africa

16 May 2017 Dr Brian Levy Bureaucracies, we have learned, are embedded in politics. How, then, to strengthen public services in messy democracies? In settings where public hierarchies are weak, can participatory governance provide an alternative entry point? Recent results from an ESI