Effective States and Inclusive Development

The political economy of primary education reform in Cambodia

Working paper 58 Download pdf Tim Kelsall, Sothy Khieng, Chuong Chantha and Tieng Tek Muy Abstract This paper examines the quality of primary education provision in Cambodia using a ‘political settlements’ framework developed at the University of Manchester. The framework characterise

How politics shapes the quality of education in Ghana

Briefing No. 17 Allocation of resources in Ghana’s  education sector plays a political as well as a developmental role. Education is seen by Ghana’s ruling elites as critical to their legitimacy and to their ideas of promoting national development, with increasing incentiv

In it to win it? How powerful political elites manipulate education resources in Ghana

11 January 2016    ESID’s Abdul Gafaru Abdulai and Sam Hickey have just published their article on Ghana’s political settlement in The Journal of African Affairs. Here is a a summary of their findings:     Initial hopes that democratisation would improve prospect

The politics of promoting gender equity in contemporary Uganda: Cases of the Domestic Violence Law and the policy on Universal Primary Education

Working paper 55 Download pdf Josephine Ahikire and Amon A. Mwiine Abstract The paper looks at the ways in which power and politics shape the realisation of women’s rights and gender equity in Ugandan state policy adoption and implementation. The key question explored is around the na

How the centralised politics of education improve access but neglect quality

8 September 2015 Researchers working on ESID’s education project presented their comparative findings at the Development Studies Association meeting taking place in Bath this week. Using primary research from Bangladesh, Rwanda, Ghana and Uganda, the team found that access to ed

High quality education for national development

28 May 2015 By David Hulme. [Reposted from Development at Manchester] Education is still considered a key strategy for reducing poverty by the poor. Universal primary education was included as a Millennium Development Goal, and it looks as though the new Sustainable Development Goals

Regional inequality and spending on education in Ghana: A political settlements approach

15 September 2014 By Pablo Yanguas. ESID’s latest working paper investigates why some of Ghana’s regions have had greater access than others to public spending on education, and uses this case to illustrate how elite politics – and, in particular, regional coalitions

Mapping the elites of development: a cross-national dataset of policy-makers’ educational and professional backgrounds

Objective This project aims to generate valid and reliable data on the educational and professional background of key political and policy-making elites in developing countries. Cases The project looks at a selection of top ministers and senior civil servants in a cross-section of dev

The provision of basic education in South Africa: Institutional and political challenges

Objectives Describe the de facto patterns of the governance of the teaching resource (with specific attention to their differences from the de jure formal rules); Explain why these de facto patterns take the form they do (with a focus on the interactions between institutions and polit

Education in competitive clientelist contexts: Bangladesh and Ghana

Objective This project explores the politics of securing higher levels of capacity and commitment to delivering improved quality schooling. Cases Bangladesh and Ghana represent forms of ‘competitive clientelism’ with otherwise different contextual settings, offering the opportunity to