Effective States and Inclusive Development

David Hulme: Why the UK must keep military activity away from international aid

A day is a long time in politics and the first full day of election campaigning was dominated by suggestions that the Conservatives would row back on the commitment to spend 0.7% of GNI on aid. But, barely 24 hours later, Theresa May scotched these rumours, perhaps encouraged by a pas

LISTEN: Author of Why Nations Fail James Robinson tells us what he thinks of our findings

7 October 2016 In part two of our podcasts on ESID’s story so far, James Robinson gives his opinion on our findings and how they relate to his work with Daron Acemoglu. Hear what he has to say:

Pep Guardiola’s lessons for the politics of development

By Dr Tim Kelsall 19 August 2016 Last weekend the 2016-17 English Premier League kicked off, with one of the most exciting developments being the arrival of supercoach Pep Guardiola in the English game. As a lifelong Manchester City fan, I’ve taken a keen interest in Pep’s footballing

The challenge of public sector reform in Ghana

By Pablo Yanguas 5 April 2016 Will legal reform be enough? How can regular people be involved in debates about effectiveness? Is there an African philosophy of the public sector that can succeed where Western models have failed? Can civil society act as a catalyst for change when poli

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

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

Politically-informed aid: Video and tweets from the New Directions in Governance conference

10 October 2014. By Pablo Yanguas. Last month I was delighted to participate in a conference on “New Directions in Governance” organised by the World Bank‘s Governance Partnership Facility and the Overseas Development Institute in London. Many interesting arguments c

Post-conflict inclusion and elite pacts in Solomon Islands

8 October 2014. ESID‘s latest working paper explores how exclusive pacts become wider political settlements, using the recent post-conflict history of the Solomon Islands as an illustration. In “Post-conflict pacts and inclusive political settlements: Institutional perspec