Effective States and Inclusive Development

The rise of the economic technocracy in Rwanda: A case of a bureaucratic pocket of effectiveness or state-building prioritisation?

Working paper 120 Download pdf Benjamin Chemouni The Rwandan Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN) is recognised as the most effective organisation in the Rwandan state. The objective of the paper is to understand the organisational and political factors influencing MI

Five ESID books are open access and free to download

26 June 2019 With the recent publication of two new books, The Politics of Education in Developing Countries and Negotiating Gender Equity in the Global South, there are now five ESID books open access, free to download at these links:              

WATCH: Leading ESID experts present main findings in Cape Town

16 April 2019 Leading experts Tim Kelsall, Sam Hickey and Brian Levy recently presented ESID’s main findings at The Mandela School of Public Governance in Cape Town: ‘How politics, development and state effectiveness interact – main findings of a global research partnershi

Understanding the politics of the learning crisis

  7 March 2019 Expert on education and development, Professor Lant Pritchett, reflects on what he thinks are three highlights of the new open access ESID book, The Politics of Education in Developing Countries.   This new volume of case studies on the politics of learning in

The politics of gender equity in the Global South

8 March 2019 Professor of Politics and expert on gender and institutions, Georgina Waylen, is a contributor to the forthcoming ESID book, Negotiating Gender Equity in the Global South: The Politics of Domestic Violence Policy. This International Women’s Day, she gives her take o

What are the limitations of working with the grain?

  17/1/19 Brian Levy     This post was first published on Brian’s blog Working with the Grain When does a call to ‘work with the grain’  violate foundational ethical commitments? Governance reversals globally have given new urgency to this question; it has recentl

Profile of an ESID expert – Pritish Behuria

  27 November 2018 Pritish Behuria is a Hallsworth Research Fellow at The Global Development Institute (GDI), The University of Manchester, and researcher for ESID. We caught up with him to before a trip to Rwanda to find out more about his life and work.   What first made y

PODCAST – The ESID Annual Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture with Prof Yuen Yuen Ang

  12 November 2018   The 6th ESID Annual Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture was a fascinating one on how the West got China wrong. Award-winning expert on China, Professor Yuen Yuen Ang, argues that China has developed as a political hybrid – an autocracy with democratic

Summary of the ESID Annual Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture – How did the West get China wrong?

  Professor Yuen Yuen Ang 31 October 2018     For decades, Western observers expected that as China’s economy liberalises and prospers, it would eventually and inescapably become a democracy. Yet, by 2018, such hopes were all but dashed, particularly when Chinese Presid

Globalised growth in largely agrarian contexts: the urban–rural divide

Working paper 101 Download pdf Anirudh Krishna The gulf in living standards is widening between cities and rural areas of developing countries that have large rural populations. Legacy as well as emergent factors contribute to this trend. An old urban bias from colonial and post-indep