Effective States and Inclusive Development

Dr Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai

Role Abdul-Gafaru is a lecturer at the Department of Public Administration, University of Ghana Business School. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. Within ESID he has produced a conceptual and methodological framework for comparative research into

Dr Mirza Hassan

Role Mirza Hassan is a political economist currently working as a Lead Researcher based at the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University. He is the country co-ordinator for Bangladesh for ESID and also the principal researcher for the following projects: a)

Malawi elections: more economic discussion needed

Malawi goes to the polls on 20 May. We spoke to ESID researcher and economist Jonathan Said to get a sense of the issues ahead of the election. Said has been working in Malawi as an economist for three years. Malawi has recently been rocked by what’s termed “cashgate” – the biggest fi

Cape Town post-mortem: 6 things I learned about ESID

6 May 2014. By Pablo Yanguas. I have been working as part of ESID for a little over 15 months now, but last week was the first time that I actually saw the faces of many of our partners and realised their passion for what they do. The Cape Town workshop was a whirlwind tour of the lat

Cape Town Live Blog: Day Three – What have we learned?

30 April 2014. By Rowena Harding. 35 researchers, some policy makers and media, three days, and at least eight hours of meetings a day. What have we learned? In true research style, we could provide a working paper of evidence on our learnings from the conference, but to embrace our n

ESID Mid-Term Workshop: Live blogging from Cape Town

27 April 2014. By Pablo Yanguas. Over 40 ESID researchers have converged on Cape Town in the last 24 hours. They come from South Africa, Ghana, Uganda, Malawi, India, Bangladesh, Spain, the United States and the United Kingdom. Their mission – should they choose to accept it 

Professor Sohela Nazneen

Role Sohela Nazneen is a Research Fellow in Gender and Sexuality at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) (Sussex, UK), and formerly Professor of International Relations at University of Dhaka, and a Lead Researcher at the Center for Gender and Social Transformation (CGST) at BRA

Stanford workshop: Measuring State Quality

2 April 2014. By Kunal Sen. On 2-4 March 2014 the Stanford Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) Governance Project organised a workshop on “Measuring State Quality: In China and Beyond”. The workshop was led by Francis Fukuyama and attracted a high

Guest post: How “poor” economics informs the political culture of Bangladesh

26 March 2014. By Binayak Sen. Bangladesh’s experience of the last two decades suggests that decent long-term economic development can take place under political regimes engaged in a mimicry of democracy. In other contexts, arguably, such a mismatch between economic and politica

Gender and the political settlement

Objective This research project aims to investigate the relationship between women’s [political] inclusion and their ability to deliver gender-inclusive development, shaped by the character and dynamics of political settlement as well as ideas and discourses on women’s political entit