Effective States and Inclusive Development

World Bank: Strengthening governance top-of-mind for opinion leaders

In a recent blog for the World Bank Jing Guo, a member of the group’s Public Opinion Research Group, outlines the ways in which strengthening governance has climbed the agenda of opinion leaders in developing countries. The World Bank’s 2016 poll of more than 35,000 opinio

From Phase 1 to Phase 2: Our progress so far

26 April 2017 Dr Pablo Yanguas Why do inequalities persist over time? How do elite interests shape developmental trajectories? When are the poor and vulnerable included in policymaking? At ESID we’re devoted to understanding the politics behind development puzzles. As we turn 5 

What do we wish for women worldwide?

It’s International Women’s Day 2017 and we’re marking it with the wishes of 12 researchers from our global network of experts. Some common themes emerge, particularly the wish that women will have more political power and that they will be recognised and rewarded for

Big media for BIGD event in Bangladesh

2 March 2017 Our recent policy workshop with leading Bangladesh experts on growth, education, health and women’s empowerment has received lots of coverage in the Bangladesh media. Here are some photos of the event and links to articles in the English and Bangla press. Read more

Unpacking the ‘Bangladesh paradox’: the politics of inclusive economic and social development

  Dr Mathilde Maitrot 22 February 2017 Global Challenge Research Fund Postdoctoral Fellow, Mathilde Maitrot reports from the ESID and BIGD Policy Workshop in Dhaka   Close to five decades have passed since Bangladesh was allegedly termed a ‘basket case’ by the US Secretary o

The Bangladesh paradox: Why has politics performed so well for development?

Briefing No. 27 This briefing paper examines why and how political processes in Bangladesh have performed so well when the main theories of governance and development would predict economic and social stagnation. Using a political settlements lens (“… the balance or distri

The politics of negotiating gender equity in Bangladesh

Working paper 76 Download pdf Sohela Nazneen and Rezwan Masud In Bangladesh there is a paradox when it comes to securing gender-inclusive development outcomes. Since 1991, women have occupied the highest political office and women’s presence is increasing, due to the existence of gend

Spotlight on an ESID expert – Research Associate Eleni Sifaki

  2 February 2017 Eleni Sifaki recently joined ESID as a Research Associate and is currently focusing on our women’s empowerment research. Here she tells us more about her life and work.   What were you doing before joining ESID? Before joining ESID I completed my PhD

The politics of productivist social policies in Africa’s new ‘developmental states’

By Dr Tom Lavers 27 December 2016 Much recent research has highlighted the similarities between current administrations in Ethiopia and Rwanda, and the East Asian developmental states that secured such rapid socioeconomic progress over the past 50 years. For the most part, this resear

Democracy and growth: How are they related?

By Prof Kunal Sen 8 December 2016 Kunal and colleagues Lant Pritchett, Sabyasachi Kar and Selim Raihan have published a working paper on their new research: Democracy versus growth: the political determinants of growth episodes. Below, Kunal addresses their central question of whether