Effective States and Inclusive Development

The governance of basic education in the Eastern Cape

Working paper 83 Download pdf Zukiswa Kota, Monica Hendricks, Eric Matambo and Vinothan Naidoo The Eastern Cape province experienced extensive governmental re-organisation following South Africa’s 1994 democratic transition. This entailed significant structural consolidation in the pr

Tim Williams’ education in Rwanda research published in World Development

Congratulations to ESID researcher Tim Williams, whose paper, ‘The political economy of primary education: Lessons from Rwanda’, has been published in the August issue of World Development. The paper draws on Tim’s research for ESID, as captured in Working Paper 64 &

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

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

Managing for performance in South African basic education

Prof Robert Cameron and Dr Vinothan Naidoo 12 October 2016 Bridging the gap between improving access to primary and secondary education and enhancing the quality of teaching and learning outcomes marks a new frontier on the world’s sustainable development agenda. This challenge is par

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

Why is the quality of children’s education in Rwanda surprisingly low?

Dr Tim Williams 24 August 2016 When it comes to children’s education in Rwanda, the government is oriented towards action: it has set out a clear national vision for the development of the sector, coordinates well with civil society, and maintains high levels of accountability with li

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

The potential and limits of performance management: Improving basic education in the Western Cape

Working paper 62 Download pdf Robert Cameron and Brian Levy The focus of this paper is on the management and governance of education at provincial level – specifically on efforts to introduce performance management into education by the Western Cape Education Department (WCED), and th

When a ‘ruling alliance’ and public sector governance meet: Managing for performance in South African basic education

Working paper 60 Download pdf Robert Cameron and Vinothan Naidoo Abstract This paper is one of a series of ESID studies that explore the extent to which the performance of schools can be explained as an outcome of the interactions between, on the one hand, the prevailing political dyn