Effective States and Inclusive Development



Researchers and practitioners agree that an effective state is central to inclusive development.

ESID research will look at how state capacity and elite commitment to development can emerge and be sustained over time, and how to support this process.

ESID overview factsheet

Our purpose statement is:

‘To create a robust, relevant and accessible body of evidence that will help improve local, national and international efforts in developing countries to secure states that are more effective at and committed to delivering inclusive development.’

Our objective is to produce new knowledge and evidence on effective states and inclusive development so as to ultimately improve the lives of poor people in developing countries. Improving the use of governance research evidence in decision-making will lead to more effective policies and programmes and also help donors and governments make value-for-money policy decisions.

We have three core research questions:

  1. What forms and levels of state capacity are required to underpin inclusive development in different domains?
  2. What are the incentives and ideas that shape elite commitment to inclusive development and state effectiveness?
  3. Under what conditions, and with particular reference to power relations and ideas, do developmental types of state capacity and elite commitment emerge – and are sustained.