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

“The MDGs were a disaster”: Meet Lant Pritchett

10 July 2014. The ESID partnership includes many dedicated and accomplished researchers, but few are as outspoken and immune to conventional wisdom as Lant Pritchett. A Professor at Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development, Lant is al

There are no ‘blank-slate policymakers’: Mapping the elites of development

23 June 2014. By Pablo Yanguas and Antonio Savoia. Political and policy-making elites are at the centre of the challenges of inclusive development: their commitment constrains the menu of potentially inclusive policies, whilst their capacity determines the chances that these will ever

Governance as a global development goal? Setting, measuring and monitoring the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Working paper 32 Download pdf David Hulme, Antonio Savoia and Kunal Sen Abstract The increasing realisation that governance quality is a fundamental element of long-run development has led to its consideration as a desirable development goal in its own right. To contribute to such a p

The impact of ethnicity on state capacity

Objective The aim of this project is to arrive at some general theoretical formulations about the influence of ethnicity on state capacity, by identifying and developing distinct causal mechanisms through which ethnicity shapes the ability of states to pursue their projects. Research

Mass movements and government commitment to inclusive development

Objectives The primary aim of this project is to develop a database of mass movements and their characteristics. There are two specific analytical aims: to examine the role of mass movements in inclusive policymaking; and to identify internal characteristics of mass movements that are