Effective States and Inclusive Development

The role and politics of evidence in development

4 April 2014. By David Hulme and Pablo Yanguas. The Independent Commission for Aid Impact released today a report criticising the selective use of evidence in DFID and the reporting bias that stems from the pressure to demonstrate “results” (see the article on The Guardian

UK to meet 0.7% aid, but what about effectiveness?

20 March 2014 Yesterday George Osborne’s budget speech restated Britain’s commitment to meet the target of 0.7% of national income contributed as foreign assistance. As a matter of fact,  given the economic growth forecasts for the country the target may have already been

Deciphering the confusing new politics of international aid

12 March 2014. Earlier this year Thomas Carothers was a guest lecturer at ESID’s “Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture”. During his visit to Manchester we were able to ask him about some of the key ideas included in his influential book on politics and aid with Diane de

Donors, development agencies and the use of political economic analysis: getting to grips with the politics of development?

Working paper 19 Download pdf Laura Routley and David Hulme Abstract This paper examines the take up of Political Economic Analysis (PEA) tools and approaches by development agencies. It charts the emergence of PEA, reviews the embryonic literature on this phenomenon and asks whether

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

The politics of aid revisited: a review of evidence on state capacity and elite commitment

Working paper 7 Download pdf Arjan de Haan, Ward Warmerdam Abstract Based on a systematic review of the impacts of aid on both state capacity for, and elite commitment to, sustainable development,we conclude that a better understanding of the impact of aid has the potential to directl