Effective States and Inclusive Development

Building effective states beyond competitive democracy in Ghana

 By Dr Daniel Appiah and Dr Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai 18 April 2017   It is widely accepted that the creation of impartial organisations is an important condition for spurring economic growth and development on a sustained basis. Democracy requires impartial enforcement of rules that

FINDINGS: How Uganda’s political settlement is impeding PSRs

The Ugandan state presents an interesting puzzle for advocates of public sector reforms (PSRs). Though it has been subjected to several waves of reforms over the last three decades, these have generally not translated into progressive changes in how the central government functions. I

Repealing resource transparency – a shameful descent into collusion with criminality

By Brian Levy 29 March 2017 ESID will soon be publishing a synthesis of new research on the politics of the extractive industry in Africa and Latin America. Here, our researcher, Brian Levy, writes about the recent ‘unconscionable’ US vote to repeal transparency for oil an

EVENT: Experts gather for the release of path-breaking research findings and the launch of a seminal book on growth in India

20 March 2017 This Wednesday sees the India launch of a seminal book; The Political Economy of India’s Growth Episodes by Professor Kunal Sen, Research Director or ESID and Professor Sabyasachi Kar, ESID Researcher and Associate Professor at Delhi’s Institute of Economic G

What do we wish for women worldwide?

It’s International Women’s Day 2017 and we’re marking it with the wishes of 12 researchers from our global network of experts. Some common themes emerge, particularly the wish that women will have more political power and that they will be recognised and rewarded for

WATCH: Alice Evans on the return of the Global Gag Rule

It’s International Women’s Day on Wednesday (March 8), and we’ll be bringing you comment from some of our gender researchers in the lead-up. First, Alice Evans expands on her recent blog, looking at the return of the Global Gag Rule and the global politics of abortio

Big media for BIGD event in Bangladesh

2 March 2017 Our recent policy workshop with leading Bangladesh experts on growth, education, health and women’s empowerment has received lots of coverage in the Bangladesh media. Here are some photos of the event and links to articles in the English and Bangla press. Read more

Book Review: The Politics of Inclusive Development: Interrogating the Evidence

Dr Brendan Halloran 27 February 2017 I recently reviewed The Politics of Inclusive Development for The Journal of Development Studies. I thought it was a really compelling set of conceptual and empirical explorations, and I highly recommend it. This is a slightly amended version of th

The banality of certainty: Debating the ethics and psychology of aid

By Pablo Yanguas. 23 February 2017 On 3 February I attended a fascinating workshop at the University of Sheffield hosted by frequent ESID collaborator Tom Goodfellow. Under the title ‘Ethical dilemmas and cognitive dissonance in international development’, the event brough

Unpacking the ‘Bangladesh paradox’: the politics of inclusive economic and social development

  Dr Mathilde Maitrot 22 February 2017 Global Challenge Research Fund Postdoctoral Fellow, Mathilde Maitrot reports from the ESID and BIGD Policy Workshop in Dhaka   Close to five decades have passed since Bangladesh was allegedly termed a ‘basket case’ by the US Secretary o