Effective States and Inclusive Development

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

Service delivery reform in Nigeria: The rise and fall of the Conditional Grant Scheme to Local Government Areas (CGS to LGAs)

Working paper 114 Download pdf Bala Yunusa Yusuf and David Hulme This paper analyses Nigeria’s Conditional Grant Scheme to Local Government Areas (CGS to LGAs). It tracks the design and implementation of CGS to LGAs at multiple levels, with a conceptual focus on the dynamics of state

Professor Ursula Hoadley

Role Ursula Hoadley is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Cape Town. She works on a wide range of national and international research projects, including work on the ‘Provision of basic education in South Africa: Institutional and political challeng

EVENT – Discussion on ESID’s findings at University of Cape Town

If you are able to be in Cape Town this Thursday, don’t miss the opportunity to join our leading researchers, Prof Sam Hickey, Dr Tim Kelsall and Prof Brian Levy, for a presentation and discussion on: ‘How politics, development and state effectiveness interact – main findi

Bangladesh is booming, but slide towards authoritarianism could burst the bubble

25 March 2019   M Niaz Asadullah & Antonio Savoia This post was first published in The Conversation     Bangladesh has been a development success story in recent years. The country made remarkable progress in poverty alleviation prior to the Millennium Development G

Mohammed Awal

Role Mohammed Awal is a research analyst, and social accountability programming team lead at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana). Research Mohammed’s research interest is in political accountability, politics of government service delivery, impact of decentralisati

Understanding the politics of the learning crisis

  7 March 2019 Expert on education and development, Professor Lant Pritchett, reflects on what he thinks are three highlights of the new open access ESID book, The Politics of Education in Developing Countries.   This new volume of case studies on the politics of learning in

Professor Anne Mette Kjær

Role Anne Mette Kjær is a Professor at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark. She is currently coordinating the research programme, Political Settlements and Revenue Bargaining. Research Anne Mette Kjær does research in the areas of governance and political e