Effective States and Inclusive Development

How can we build tax capacity in developing countries?

  Jim Brumby, World Bank 26 July 2016 New ESID research asks how political institutions affect tax capacity in developing economies. In this complimentary World Bank Blog first published here, Jim Brumby highlights the view that successful tax reform in developing countries depen

How do political institutions affect fiscal capacity? Explaining taxation in developing economies

Working paper 59 Download pdf Roberto Ricciuti, Antonio Savoia and Kunal Sen Abstract A central aspect of institutional development in less developed economies is building tax systems capable of raising revenues from broad tax bases, i.e., fiscal capacity. While it is recognised in th

Spotlight on an ESID Researcher: Tim Kelsall

 24 June 2016 Tell us a bit about your background I grew up in Manchester, went to university in Oxford and London, and now work for the Overseas Development Institute in London. Before that I had jobs at Oxford and Newcastle universities, and I also worked as a freelance consultant.

Rockefeller Centre Live Vlog: Day 3 – Reflections from Prof. Brian Levy on how far we’ve come

Professor Brian Levy of John Hopkins University reflects on how far we’ve travelled towards investigating how politics matters for development:

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

“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 majority of the world’s poor are in school so why aren’t they learning?

30 September 2015 ESID Researcher Lant Pritchett has written for The Guardian on the need for research into rapidly improving the quality of schooling if the world is going to meet the demands of the global education goal. If you want to find a child who lacks education today, the pla

Dr Sarah Hunt

Role Sarah Hunt is a Lecturer in International Development at the Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester. She is currently carrying out research supported by ESID into the impact of the rise of the new Left in Latin America on political dynamics in C

Paths to development: Is there a Bangladesh surprise?

15 January 2015 [5 December 2014 original post]. By Niaz Asadullah and Antonio Savoia. Bangladesh’s economy has recorded remarkable economic performance in the new millennium, though its per capita income has remained low. Even more spectacular has been the steady improvement in its l