Effective States and Inclusive Development

Governance as a global development goal? Setting, measuring and monitoring the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Working paper 32 Download pdf David Hulme, Antonio Savoia and Kunal Sen Abstract The increasing realisation that governance quality is a fundamental element of long-run development has led to its consideration as a desirable development goal in its own right. To contribute to such a p

Effective States and Inclusive Development: An Introduction

In the developing world today an ever growing number of countries have sustained economic growth and democracy for some time, and yet find that economic and political inclusion remains elusive for many poor and disenfranchised citizens. This is where ESID research comes in. ESID is in

The dynamics of economic growth: a visual handbook of growth rates, regimes, transitions and volatility

ESID is pleased to announce the publication of ‘The Dynamics of Economic Growth:  A Visual Handbook of Growth Rates, Regimes, Transitions and Volatility’ (PDF, 18.80MB) by Sabyasachi Kar, Lant Pritchett, Selim Raihan and Kunal Sen. The Handbook  presents graphs to illustrate the dynam

Closing the gap between form and function: a new approach to institutional reform in Uganda

Briefing No. 2 Uganda is a public sector reform leader in Africa. Over the last three decades the country has introduced many laws, processes and structures that are ‘best in class’ in Africa (and beyond). However, many of the reforms have produced new institutional forms that functio

How should Uganda grow?

Briefing No. 3 Income per capita in Uganda has doubled in the last 20 years. However, economic growth has been concentrated in non-tradable activities and faces challenges, including rapid rural population growth, high dependency ratios and an approaching oil boom of uncertain size an

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