Effective States and Inclusive Development

EVENT – The politics of growth: transformative ideas in economies

On 9 February, ODI are holding an event on the politics of growth, featuring our researchers and discussing our recent publication. Deals and Development. Register to attend or watch online here. Contributing chair: Tim Kelsall, @TimKelsall1 – Senior Research Fellow, Overseas De

Spotlight on an ESID expert – Vinothan Naidoo

20 December 2017 Vinothan Naidoo is a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Administration at the University of Cape Town. He is a key contributer to ESID’s research on education in South Africa.   What made you want to work in development research? During my graduate resear

Poverty reduction during 1990-2013: Did Millennium Development Goals adoption and state capacity matter?

Working paper 93 Download pdf M. Niaz Asadullah and Antonio Savoia While poverty reduction remains central in the Post-2015 Agenda, its determinants remain debated in the literature, especially the role of structural conditions related to governance. This paper provides an assessment

NEWS: Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai is awarded 2017 Gerti Hesseling Prize

30th August 2017 We are delighted to announce that Dr Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Gerti Hesseling Prize for ‘the best contribution by a young African scholar’. This was in recognition of his paper co-authored with Sam Hickey published in the

Political settlements and gender – What drives women’s inclusion and gender equity initiatives?

Women’s participation in political institutions has been increasing in recent years. Women’s inclusion has resulted most directly from affirmative action measures, such as quotas. Whether these exist is strongly influenced by the political role played by women in the formation of the

School governance in a fragmented political and bureaucratic environment: Case studies from South Africa’s Eastern Cape province

Working paper 84 Download pdf Brian Levy and Lawule Shumane This paper explores governance dynamics in four case study schools in low-income communities in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. A main aim is to identify empirically the causal mechanisms through which horizontal, schoo

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The political economy determinants of growth In this research we seek an understanding of the political drivers of economic growth through explaining the political dynamics around the transition from one growth phase to another – that is, the political determinants of growth collapses

Research by country

The political economy determinants of growth In this research we seek an understanding of the political drivers of economic growth through explaining the political dynamics around the transition from one growth phase to another – that is, the political determinants of growth collapses

Active citizenship when bureaucracies are weak – some school-level lessons from South Africa

16 May 2017 Dr Brian Levy Bureaucracies, we have learned, are embedded in politics. How, then, to strengthen public services in messy democracies? In settings where public hierarchies are weak, can participatory governance provide an alternative entry point? Recent results from an ESI

Spotlight on an ESID expert – Naomi Hossain

    11 May 2017 ESID and IDS researcher Naomi Hossain on her passion for development research, linking climate change and development and moving house for the eigth time in 12 years…   1. What made you want to work in development research? I was brought up in Bang