Effective States and Inclusive Development

The politics and governance of basic education: A tale of two South African provinces

Working paper 67 Download pdf Brian Levy, Robert Cameron, Ursula Hoadley and Vinothan Naidoo This paper synthesises the findings of research on the politics and governance in South Africa, undertaken at multiple levels, and using multiple methods. The research explored two core questi

Public sector reform in Uganda: behind the façade

Briefing No. 23 While reforms in Uganda in the 1980s and 1990s aimed at achieving public sector efficiency, those in the 2000s focused on achieving effectiveness through public financial management initiatives and modern management practices. The latter have yielded limited fruits, an

The politics of promoting social cash transfers in Uganda

Briefing No. 22 The promotion of social protection in Uganda has been a highly political affair, closely shaped by political dynamics involving the perceived interests of the ruling coalition in securing its stability and legitimacy. The government’s shift away from the poverty

Governing health care in Uganda: explaining the mixed record on delivering rural maternal health services

Briefing No. 21 Maternal and child health conditions account for over 20 percent of the total disease burden in Uganda. The persistent poor maternal health outcomes stem from poor quality provision and low utilisation of health services at all stages. Despite having a roadmap for acce

From schooling to learning: Is Uganda committed to increasing the quality of basic education?

Briefing No. 20 Developments in the Ugandan education sector since 1996 paint a picture of increased enrolments, but little or no improvement in quality, despite several policy initiatives and an apparent policy consensus that initiatives to improve quality are important. Studies on e

The politics of promoting gender equity in Uganda

Briefing No. 19 The framework used in this study brings together a political settlement approach and recent feminist analysis of women’s political empowerment in Uganda. In order to explore how the general configuration of power establishes the key incentives and ideas that shape the

Scalar politics and transnational governance innovations: A political settlements lens on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in the Andes

Working paper 66 Download pdf Anthony Bebbington, Elisa Arond and Juan Luis Dammert The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) originated in the international domain but can only operate if adopted at a national scale. How EITI unfolds in a particular country is thus a c

Inclusion as political mobilisation: The political economy of quality education initiatives in Uganda

Working paper 65 Download pdf Anne Mette Kjær and Nansozi K. Muwanga Uganda has been successful in broadening access to education. However, this achievement has been undermined by low literacy and numeracy levels and high drop-out rates. A political settlement perspective sheds light

Oriented towards action: The political economy of primary education in Rwanda

Working paper 64 Download pdf Timothy P. Williams When it comes to the delivery of services to the poor, politics matter. This paper applies a political settlements framework to approach the study of primary education quality in Rwanda. In recent years, the government of Rwanda has re

Is partisan alignment electorally rewarding? Evidence from village council elections in India

Working paper 63 Download pdf Subhasish Dey and Kunal Sen Do ruling parties positively discriminate in favour of their own constituencies in allocating public resources? If they do, do they gain electorally in engaging in such a practice? This paper tests whether partisan alignment ex