Effective States and Inclusive Development

“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

Investigating the political economy of social protection expansion in Africa: At the intersection of transnational ideas and domestic politics

Working paper 47 Download pdf Tom Lavers and Sam Hickey Abstract The growing literature on social protection in Africa has tended to focus on conceptual debates, policy design issues and impact evaluations. To date, there has been relatively little systematic analysis of the ways in w

Professor Fredrick Wanyama

Role Fredrick Wanyama is Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs at Kisii University, Kenya, and Associate Professor of Political Science at Maseno University in Kenya, where he earned his PhD in political science. He is also a researcher on ESID’s project, The political

The political economy of social protection expansion in Africa

Objectives This research analyses the political economy of social protection policy formulation and implementation in sub-Saharan Africa, with a view to explaining variation in national experiences. Cases Five countries have been selected for in-depth analysis, comprising three countr

The politics of regional inequality in sub-Saharan Africa: Insights from Ghana and Uganda

Objectives This project aims to deepen our understanding of the structural underpinnings of spatial inequality from a comparative perspective. It adopts a political settlements approach to investigate the role of politics and power relations in shaping policy reforms and public invest

Rethinking the politics of development in Africa? How the ‘political settlement’ shapes resource allocation in Ghana

Working Paper 38 Download pdf Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai and Sam Hickey Abstract Debates over whether democratic or neopatrimonial forms of politics are driving the politics of development in Africa have increasingly given way to more nuanced readings which seek to capture the dynamic inter

Co-producing ineffective states: social knowledge, social policy and social citizenship in Africa and in development

Working paper 14 Download pdf Maia Green Abstract This paper explores the links between social knowledge, social policy and state forms in Sub-Saharan Africa. Its central argument is that the capacities of states to establish inclusive welfare regimes (Gough et al 2004) for citizens a

China in Africa: Impacts and prospects for accountable development

Working paper 12 Download pdf Giles Mohan Abstract China is the major ‘new’ player in Africa and impacts on development and politics in numerous ways. The paper sets out an analytical framework which identifies the channels through which China engages with African development and the