Effective States and Inclusive Development

The politics of scaling up social protection in Kenya

Working paper 87 Download pdf Fredrick Wanyama and Anna McCord This paper discusses the role of Kenya’s political settlement in the adoption and promotion of social protection, which has expanded significantly since 2003.  Analysis focuses on the interplay between the domestic politic

Competitive clientelism and the political economy of mining in Ghana

Working paper 78 Download pdf Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai This paper offers a political economy explanation to the question of why over 100 years of mineral resource extraction in Ghana has failed to translate into broad-based development. It does so through the lens of political settlements

LISTEN: Emerging messages and lingering questions from our research on Rwanda

We hosted a great workshop in London on 8 May 2017 with some members of the ESID network. Its purpose was to explore emerging messages and lingering questions related to our research so far. This first segment was an explainer regarding ESID’s core messages on Rwanda. Thank you to pre

FINDINGS: How Uganda’s political settlement is impeding PSRs

The Ugandan state presents an interesting puzzle for advocates of public sector reforms (PSRs). Though it has been subjected to several waves of reforms over the last three decades, these have generally not translated into progressive changes in how the central government functions. I

The social protection agenda within Zambia’s distributional regime

By Kate Pruce 8 February 2017 Although Zambia was reclassified by the World Bank as a middle-income country in 2011, poverty levels remain high, with 54.4% of the population living below the poverty line and over 40% in extreme poverty in 2015. The increased per capita gross national

WATCH: Sarah Nandudu on the factors behind TSUPU’s success

Sarah Nandudu, Vice President at National Slum Dwellers Federation, Uganda, identifies key factors behind the success of ESID’s Transforming Settlements of the Urban Poor in Uganda (TSUPU) programme. The presentation took place at our research reflections workshop at the Ministr

WATCH: Effective housing solutions for the urban poor

Professor Diana Mitlin outlines key factors involved in designing effective housing solutions for the urban poor, as part of our 2016 workshop on ESID’s Transforming Settlements of the Urban Poor in Uganda programme.

The politics of promoting social protection in Zambia

Working paper 75 Download pdf Kate Pruce and Sam Hickey The rise of the social protection agenda in Zambia over the past few years seems in some ways to fit with mainstream accounts of how welfare states are likely to emerge in developing countries, particularly in terms of the links

Social protection in an aspiring ‘developmental state’: The political drivers of Ethiopia’s PSNP

Working paper 73 Download pdf Tom Lavers Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) is among the largest social protection programmes in Africa and has been promoted as a model for the continent. This paper analyses the political drivers of the programme, arguing that elite com

The political path to universal health coverage: Elite commitment to community-based health insurance in Rwanda

Working paper 72 Download pdf Benjamin Chemouni Rwanda is the country with the highest enrolment in health insurance in Sub-Saharan Africa. Pivotal in setting Rwanda on the path to universal health coverage is the community-based health insurance (CBHI), which covers three-quarters of