Effective States and Inclusive Development

The role and responsibility of foreign aid in recipient political settlements

10 May 2016 Pablo Yanguas’ recent ESID working paper acknowledges that foreign aid is a major transnational influence in many developing countries, and examines the ethical issues this raises for aid practitioners. The paper makes three contributions. First, it reshapes the concept of

How can poor people be brought into formalised economies?

Our Research Director Professor Kunal Sen has just published a new book: Out of the Shadows? The Informal Sector in Post-Reform India. Here he investigates how the poor can be brought into formalised economies. Kunal Sen 4 February 2016 In recent decades, a number of countries in the

David Hulme’s take on the new UK Aid Strategy

ESID’s CEO David Hulme gives his address as President to The Development Studies Association 16 December 2015 By David Hulme A very new and very different UK aid policy was published on November 23. UK aid has escaped the threat of austerity that has hung over most public spendi

Watch: Prof. David Hulme on prospects for the Sustainable Development Goals

24 September 2015 Effective States CEO Professor David Hulme discusses the implications of the Sustainable Development Goals in a new video: In an accompanying blog post, he warns that without the agreement of a strong climate change treaty at the end of the year, the SDGs risk being

Reinventing the gender-blind wheel?

26 May 2015 By Pablo Yanguas. A week ago I participated in the OECD-DAC’s INCAF workshop on PSG1. Too many acronyms? OK, let us go one by one. The OECD Development Assistance Committee is the aspirational brain of the aid community, fostering the agenda of aid effectiveness, con

Political analysis: sticking plaster or salvation?

29 April 2014 A conversation between Chris Jordan and Pablo Yanguas Pablo: The new ESID briefing on “Making political analysis useful” is the result of many conversations with donor staff and other people involved in the Thinking and Working Politically community. Virtuall

The challenges of managing development differently

8 April 2015 By Pablo Yanguas. On April 2nd ODI hosted a group of aid practitioners and public sector researchers gathered for the purpose of discussing whether the “Doing Development Differently” (DDD) agenda can in fact be managed by development organisations. It seemed

Political aid thinking, fast and slow

17 March 2015 By Pablo Yanguas. These days I am reading psychologist Daniel Kahneman‘s book Thinking, Fast and Slow (2012), in which he outlines two aspects of our brains which determine how we process information, associate ideas and solve problems. Kahneman speaks of two syste

Social accountability or social transformation? Working ‘with’ and ‘against’ the grain

06 March 2015 By Sophie King Social accountability has become an important ‘buzzword’ among development actors seeking to understand the forms of state-society relations that may be supportive of better public services. Malena and McNeil (2010: 1) define it as: ‘the broad range of act

What comes after all the shouting about politics and aid?

3 February 2015 By Pablo Yanguas. Last week DFID’s research team hosted representatives from four research programme consortia on development, including ESID, for a debate and set of presentations on what we have found so far and what – if anything – DFID can do abou