Effective States and Inclusive Development

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

Events in Washington

30 November 2016 This week ESID are in Washington DC for a number of exciting events. Today starts with a seminar at the World Bank with co-author of the forthcoming World Development Report on Governance and the Law, Yongmei Zhou. Below are more details of this and the rest of the we

The political determinants of miracle growth in Rwanda

Dr Pritish Behuria and Dr Tom Goodfellow 11 November, 2016 To understand why growth is sustained in some developing countries and not in others, we need to understand the politics of those countries. That much we know. Or at least, there was an ‘almost revolution‘ to bring

The politics of promoting gender equity in Uganda

Briefing No. 19 The framework used in this study brings together a political settlement approach and recent feminist analysis of women’s political empowerment in Uganda. In order to explore how the general configuration of power establishes the key incentives and ideas that shape the

ESID receives major funding boost

7 October 2016 We are delighted to announce that DFID has awarded the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre (ESID) an additional £3.1 million to extend our pioneering research until 2019. This brings the total award of funding for ESID to £9.3 million over nine ye

Two cheers for the (draft) 2017 Governance and the Law World Development Report

Brian Levy 21 September 2016 This post first appeared on Brian’s blog Working with the Grain. The 2017 WDR (temporarily made available last week in draft form as an ‘almost-final’ public preview) is a landmark document for the development community. Historically, the point of de