Effective States and Inclusive Development

Why state capacity matters for the post-2015 development agenda and how we should measure it

Briefing No. 4 As the international community debates the post-2015 development goals, there is an increasing realisation that governance is fundamental. Recent research shows that the capacity of the state to deliver on a wide range of development outcomes is vital for governance to

How should Uganda grow?

Working paper 30 Policy paper 2 Download pdf Ricardo Hausmann, Brad Cunningham, John Matovu, Rosie Osire and Kelly Wyett Abstract Income per capita in Uganda has doubled in the last 20 years. This remarkable performance has been buoyed by significant aid flows and large external imbal

Rethinking spatial inequalities in development: the primacy of politics and power relations

Working paper 29 Download pdf Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai Abstract This paper offers a political explanation to the problem of spatial inequality in developing countries, paying particular attention to the implications of patronage politics and inter-elite power relations for the spatial dis

Success and failure in MGNREGA implementation in India

Briefing No. 1 The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) – offering up to 100 days work each year to rural Indians – is the largest social protection programme in the world, in terms of the number of households covered. There is a lively debate around whethe

A dynamic mapping of the political settlement in Ghana

Working paper No. 28 Download pdf Franklin Oduro, Mohammed Awal and Maxwell Agyei Ashon Abstract Ghana displays a number of features of democratic institutionalisation and is considered a success story of democratic transformation in Africa. This paper examines the quality of Ghana’s

Overcoming the limits of institutional reform in Uganda

Working paper 27 Download pdf Matt Andrews and Lawrence Bategeka Abstract This paper begins by noting that Uganda has been a public sector reform leader in Africa. It has pursued reforms actively and consistently for three decades now, and has produced many laws, processes and structu

Trillions gained and lost. Estimating the magnitude of growth episodes

Working Paper 26 Download pdf Lant Pritchett, Kunal Sen, Sabyasachi Kar and Selim Raihan Abstract We propose and implement a new technique for measuring the total magnitude of a growth episode: the change in output per capita resulting from one structural break in the trend growth of

Building state capacity for inclusive development: The politics of public sector reform

Working paper 25 Download pdf Badru Bukenya and Pablo Yanguas Abstract A capable state is essential for inclusive development, and throughout the developing world governments and international development agencies are seeking to build it through a multifaceted agenda of Public Sector

Politics, political settlements and social change in post-colonial Rwanda

Working paper 24 Download pdf Frederick Golooba-Mutebi Abstract Until 1994 Rwanda’s post-colonial history was marked by episodes of political violence, attempted wars, and wars of different durations. Feeding the violence was the absence of an elite consensus about how best to take Rw

Political settlement dynamics in a limited-access order: The case of Bangladesh

Working paper 23 Download pdf Mirza Hassan Abstract This study explores the dynamics of the elite political settlement in Bangladesh during the last two decades (1991-2012), as well as its impact on economic development and political development, understood here as the process of main