Effective States and Inclusive Development

Gender equitable policy reforms in Bangladesh: The role of informal networks and practices

Working paper 154 Download pdf Maheen Sultan and Pragyna Mahpara This paper explores the way power operates in a gendered manner, and how informal processes shape possibilities for gender equity. It investigates how and why gender equality policies are formulated, when these may not b

The politics of dominating Addis Ababa

  17 August 2020 Eyob Balcha Gebremariam Recent GDI alumnus and now Research Fellow at LSE, Eyob draws on his ESID research to ask how the EPRDF remained so dominant in Ethiopia from 2005 to 2018.   In the aftermath of the deadliest post-election protests following the May 2

The politics of responding to Covid-19 in developing countries: PART 1

  21 April 2020 Sam Hickey, Tim Kelsall, David Hulme We are launching a series of blogs on the politics of responding to Covid-19 in developing countries. In this first part of a two-part blog, ESID’s senior team outline what matters most and what a politically attuned resp

ESID research featured in The Washington Post

3 February 2020 Tim Williams’ award-winning research on the political economy of primary education, published by ESID and World Development, has also been featured in The Washington Post. For the third time in 11 years, Rwanda has changed the language used in schools to English.

Gender equitable change and the place of informal networks in Uganda’s legislative policy reforms

Working paper 134 Download pdf Josephine Ahikire and Amon A. Mwiine Uganda has had an uneven history and experience around gender equity policy reforms, particularly, from the late 1980s and early 1990s to-date. These range from the countrywide constitutional review processes of the e

Podcast with Duncan Green – What are the headlines of nine years of research into Effective States and Inclusive Development?

At the end of ESID’s recent amazing three-day conference Duncan Green sat down with our Research Director, Sam Hickey, and asked him for a summary. First posted on Duncan’s blog ‘He thinks and talks scarily fast, but stay with it – it’s great’. We have summaris

Abstracts for Conference 2019

All abstracts are below – click on paper titles to expand. Rooms are given after panel titles, e.g. ‘D7’. Monday 9th September   11:00 – 12:30: Opening session: New Insights into the Politics of Development   Panel 1: Domestic and Foreign Aid Bureaucracies

Will South Asia achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030? Learning from the MDGs experience

Working paper 126 Download pdf M. Niaz Asadullah, Antonio Savoia and Kunal Sen This paper contributes to the debate on the Sustainable Development Goals progress by evaluating the MDGs’ achievements in South Asia and the policy and institutional challenges deriving from such experienc

Five ESID books are open access and free to download

26 June 2019 With the recent publication of two new books, The Politics of Education in Developing Countries and Negotiating Gender Equity in the Global South, there are now five ESID books open access, free to download at these links:              

Productivist social protection in Ethiopia’s ‘developmental state’

    12 June 2019 Tom Lavers   Two recent ESID papers published in African Affairs and Social Science and Medicine (both open access) analyse the political drivers of Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP), one of the largest social assistance programmes in Af