Effective States and Inclusive Development

The reality of the zero-aid budget in Malawi

24 September 2014 By Blessings Chinsinga. The new government of Malawi that was ushered into power following the 20 May  2014 elections started its tenure facing an ultimatum from donors: restore fiscal integrity or forget about the resumption of budgetary support that makes up as muc

Politics in the trenches of development: Mainstreaming political economy analysis in aid agencies

7 May 2014. By Pablo Yanguas. “Politics matters for development”. From project officers all the way up to the heads of multilateral development agencies, from lowest-rung civil servants to cabinet ministers, everyone who has ever worked trying to enact social, economic or

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

Professor David Hulme

Role David Hulme is CEO at ESID. He is also Professor of Development Studies at the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester. From 2000-2010 he was Director at the Chronic Poverty Research Centre. Research David’s personal research focus within ESID is on Political

Political Economy Analysis (PEA) and the production of commitment to development

Objective This research project systematically examines how International Development Agencies (IDAs) are using Political Economy Analysis (PEA) both as formal evaluations and more informally as ongoing practices of engagement and relationship building to inform IDA practices in parti

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

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