Effective States and Inclusive Development

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

WATCH: Benjamin Chemouni on the state of things in Burundi

ESID researcher Benjamin Chemouni comments below on the current political climate in Burundi, which has been in a state of violent crisis following President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial decision to run for a third term in 2015. Since Nkurunziza’s subsequent re-election, ma

LISTEN: Nic van de Walle at Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture

The audio of last week’s annual Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture is now available online. Listen below to what was a great lecture by Cornell University professor and leading expert on democratic development, Nic van de Walle. Nic spoke on social coalitions and democratic develo

WATCH: Nic van de Walle at Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture

The annual Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture took place yesterday, with a great lecture by Cornell University professor and leading expert on democratic development, Nic van de Walle. Nic spoke on social coalitions and democratic development in sub-Saharan Africa, with particular refer

LISTEN: A podcast on our latest findings on social protection in Africa

15 Janaury 2016   Our social protection researchers Dr Tom Lavers, Professor Sam Hickey and Dr Anna McCord deliver a vital talk on their latest findings on social protection in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Zambia, and their implications for policy.

‘New’ approaches confront ‘old’ challenges in African public sector reform

11 January 2016 By Pablo Yanguas. After a bit of a delay, my article with Badru Bukenya on new approaches to PSR has finally hit Third World Quarterly‘s website (print publication will take a while longer). Here is the abstract: The disappointing performance of conventional publ

“Agaciro” the Kinyarwanda word for dignity. Ideas of self-reliance in Rwanda

20 November 2015 By Anna Webster At ESID we’re interested in the role of ideas in shaping development. To understand which ideas are salient in particular countries, it helps if you are close to the ground. Our researcher Frederick Golooba-Mutebi spends half his time in Rwanda a

The politics of governing oil effectively: A comparative study of two new oil-rich states in Africa

Working paper 54 Download pdf Sam Hickey, Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai, Angelo Izama and Giles Mohan Abstract The challenges facing developing countries with new-found natural resource wealth are generally understood in terms of whether they have the institutions of ‘good governance’ required

Researching the political economy of social protection in Africa

30 March 2015 By Tom Lavers When and why do states take a direct interest in the welfare of their populations? What types of state introduce social policies and which ones are capable of delivering on these commitments? Research on the politics of social policy in Europe, the US, Lati