Effective States and Inclusive Development

The Bangladesh paradox: Why has politics performed so well for development?

Briefing No. 27 This briefing paper examines why and how political processes in Bangladesh have performed so well when the main theories of governance and development would predict economic and social stagnation. Using a political settlements lens (“… the balance or distri

The politics of negotiating gender equity in Bangladesh

Working paper 76 Download pdf Sohela Nazneen and Rezwan Masud In Bangladesh there is a paradox when it comes to securing gender-inclusive development outcomes. Since 1991, women have occupied the highest political office and women’s presence is increasing, due to the existence of gend

Leadership, stakeholders and learner performance in four Western Cape schools

Working paper 61 Download pdf Ursula Hoadley, Brian Levy, Lawule Shumane and Shelly Wilburn Abstract This paper explores some micro-level governance and political economy determinants of performance over time in four schools in low-income areas in the Cape Town metropolitan area. The

The politics of promoting social protection in Zambia

Working paper 75 Download pdf Kate Pruce and Sam Hickey The rise of the social protection agenda in Zambia over the past few years seems in some ways to fit with mainstream accounts of how welfare states are likely to emerge in developing countries, particularly in terms of the links

Corporate social responsibility and political settlements in the mining sector in Ghana, Zambia and Peru

Working paper 74 Download pdf Tomas Frederiksen This paper explores and compares the political effects of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the mining sector in Zambia, Ghana and Peru. The paper adopts a political settlements approach to answer the question: How do the CSR prac

Social protection in an aspiring ‘developmental state’: The political drivers of Ethiopia’s PSNP

Working paper 73 Download pdf Tom Lavers Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) is among the largest social protection programmes in Africa and has been promoted as a model for the continent. This paper analyses the political drivers of the programme, arguing that elite com

Promoting urban poverty reduction in Uganda: Lessons for Slum-Dweller Federations

Briefing No. 26 The Transforming Settlements for the Urban Poor (TSUPU) Programme was formed in 2010 as a partnership between Shack/Slum Dwellers International, The National Slum Dwellers Federation of Uganda, The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and Cities Alliance. This par

Promoting urban poverty reduction in Uganda: Lessons from TSUPU municipalities

Briefing No. 25 The Transforming Settlements for the Urban Poor (TSUPU) Programme sought to align national, municipal and community urban development efforts, and include the poor in planning and decision-making processes. This has helped to bring about improved relationships and atti

Promoting urban poverty reduction: Lessons from Uganda

Briefing No. 24 Uganda has one of the highest urban growth rates in the world. An estimated 60 percent of Uganda’s urban population lives in informal settlements with a lack of access to tenure security, decent housing and basic services. This urban poverty has been reduced through th

New book by Kunal Sen and Sabyasachi Kar

ESID’s Kunal Sen and Sabyasachi Kar have just published a new title, The Political Economy of India’s Growth Episodes. Described as an unconventional reading of India’s growth experience since independence, it deals in particular with the political economy and instit