Effective States and Inclusive Development

The social protection agenda within Zambia’s distributional regime

By Kate Pruce 8 February 2017 Although Zambia was reclassified by the World Bank as a middle-income country in 2011, poverty levels remain high, with 54.4% of the population living below the poverty line and over 40% in extreme poverty in 2015. The increased per capita gross national

Spotlight on an ESID expert – Research Associate Eleni Sifaki

  2 February 2017 Eleni Sifaki recently joined ESID as a Research Associate and is currently focusing on our women’s empowerment research. Here she tells us more about her life and work.   What were you doing before joining ESID? Before joining ESID I completed my PhD

Alice Evans: The return of the Global Gag Rule, and the global politics of abortion

Let’s not overestimate the influence of the US. The rest of the world can stand up for progress. By Dr Alice Evans 30 January 2017 All around the world fewer women are dying in childbirth than they used to. Since 1990, the maternal mortality rate has almost halved. We are making

WATCH: Sarah Nandudu on the factors behind TSUPU’s success

Sarah Nandudu, Vice President at National Slum Dwellers Federation, Uganda, identifies key factors behind the success of ESID’s Transforming Settlements of the Urban Poor in Uganda (TSUPU) programme. The presentation took place at our research reflections workshop at the Ministr

WATCH: Effective housing solutions for the urban poor

Professor Diana Mitlin outlines key factors involved in designing effective housing solutions for the urban poor, as part of our 2016 workshop on ESID’s Transforming Settlements of the Urban Poor in Uganda programme.

Felipe González-Zapata: Trump and the open government data movement

Felipe is a PhD candidate at the Global Development Institute, investigating the politics of open government data in Chile. Here he recounts his reaction to Donald Trump’s election win, and the implications of a Trump presidency for the movement globally.

ESID academics co-producing knowledge with informal settlement residents

By Diana Mitlin 12 January 2017 In December a team from ESID visited Uganda to share the outcomes of research on TSUPU: the Transforming Settlements of the Urban Poor Programme. In the first in a series of blogs on this innovative research on urban poverty in Uganda, Diana reflects on

The Politics of Inclusive Development – ESID book is now open access

10 January 2017 The Politics of Inclusive Development was recently described by Edward S. Mason Professor of International Development, emerita, Harvard Kennedy School, Merilee Grindle as “essential reading for anyone seeking to understand why politics matters”. We’r

Towards universal health coverage in Rwanda?

By Dr Benjamin Chemouni 5 January 2017 In 2010, the WHO estimated that, every year, 100 million people are pushed into poverty and 150 million suffer financial catastrophe because of out-of-pocket expenditure on health services. Providing affordable healthcare to the populations of lo

Do Gram Panchayat leaders favour their own constituencies in MNREGA fund allocation?

By Dr Subhasish Dey and Prof Kunal Sen 3 January 2017* Political incentives are known to play a role in the allocation of public resources from upper- to lower-tier governments. This column seeks to examine whether ruling parties in local governments favour their own constituencies in