Effective States and Inclusive Development

Prof Jennie E. Burnet

Role Jennie E. Burnet is Associate Professor of Global Studies and Anthropology, and Associate Director of the Global Studies Institute at Georgia State University in the United States. For ESID, she is leading research in Rwanda on the Gender and the Political Settlement project. Res

Rethinking the politics of development in Africa? How the ‘political settlement’ shapes resource allocation in Ghana

Working Paper 38 Download pdf Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai and Sam Hickey Abstract Debates over whether democratic or neopatrimonial forms of politics are driving the politics of development in Africa have increasingly given way to more nuanced readings which seek to capture the dynamic inter

60 second snippets: Making your research go further

27 Aug 2014 By Kate Pruce. Making your research go further: Considering impact Research in the sector of international development is often well-suited to engaging with policy and practice, dealing as it does with questions about and potential solutions to real-world development chall

Ghana’s political settlement undermines prospects for economic transformation

13 August 2014. By Kojo Pumpuni Asante, Franklin Oduro & Awal Mohammed. On 1st August 2014, the Government of Ghana (GoG) announced that it would approach the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for assistance to help stabilise the economy. For watchers of Ghana, this decision is lo

Professor Lant Pritchett

Role Lant Pritchett is Professor of the Practice of International Development at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (USA), and RISE Research Director at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. Research Lant’s research covers an extensive range of

Back to “National Development”: Lant Pritchett’s quest for Millennium Development Ideals

21 July 2014. Last week ESID hosted Lant Pritchett‘s public lecture on “Promoting Millennium Development Ideals: The risks of defining development down”. You can read some live tweets of the talk under the hashtag #EffectiveStates, but we provide a more thorough summ

Dr Vinothan Naidoo

Role Dr Vinothan Naidoo is a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Administration at the University of Cape Town (SA). Research Dr Naidoo’s research spans various topics related to South Africa’s public sector. This includes public sector reform, political-administrative re

There are no ‘blank-slate policymakers’: Mapping the elites of development

23 June 2014. By Pablo Yanguas and Antonio Savoia. Political and policy-making elites are at the centre of the challenges of inclusive development: their commitment constrains the menu of potentially inclusive policies, whilst their capacity determines the chances that these will ever

How do we know if we are making a difference? The challenging nature of impact evaluations in practice

20 June 2014 By Kate Pruce. ESID’s aim is to “create a robust, relevant and accessible body of evidence that will help local, national and international efforts in developing countries to secure states that are more effective at and committed to delivering inclusive development”. Rath

Professor Robert Cameron

Role Robert Cameron is a professor in the department of political studies at the University of Cape Town. He is currently working with Brian Levy on ESID’s education project in South Africa. Research Robert’s research interests include performance management, public sector