Effective States and Inclusive Development

Can politics help explain persistently low education quality in Rwanda?

3 April 2019 Tim Williams Based on Dr William’s research published in World Development, this post was originally featured as a guest blog for The Rise Programme.   Over the last two decades, the Rwandan government has received global recognition for its impressive efforts

Mohammed Awal

Role Mohammed Awal is a research analyst, and social accountability programming team lead at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana). Research Mohammed’s research interest is in political accountability, politics of government service delivery, impact of decentralisati

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

NEW OPEN ACCESS BOOK – The Politics of Education in Developing Countries: From Schooling to Learning

7 March 2019 “This excellent, well researched and wide ranging series of case studies sheds light on a key issue of our time, namely how to transform the political economy of education systems to enable learning for all.” Leon Tikly, Professor in Education, School of Educa

Professor Anne Mette Kjær

Role Anne Mette Kjær is a Professor at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark. She is currently coordinating the research programme, Political Settlements and Revenue Bargaining. Research Anne Mette Kjær does research in the areas of governance and political e

The politics and governance of basic education – drilling into the details

    18 September 2018 Lead editor of new open access book on how politics influences learning outcomes in South Africa, Brian Levy gives an overview of the book and its key findings.   The view that ‘context matters’,  that development practice needs to move from ‘best

Decentralisation and teacher accountability: How the political settlement shapes governance in the education sector at sub-national levels in Ghana

Working paper 102 Download pdf Edward Ampratwum, Mohammed Awal and Franklin Oduro Despite a series of reforms designed to improve the education system in Ghana, the quality of education remains low. This paper uses a political settlements analysis to explore why this is the case. Focu

Tim Williams wins 2018 Joyce Cain Award for outstanding scholarly article

2 April 2018   We are thrilled that ESID researcher Tim Williams’s paper on the politics of education policy in Rwanda has been selected as the co-recipient of the 2018 Joyce Cain Award from the Comparative and International Education Society. The award is given to recognise R

Political settlements, women’s representation and gender equality: The 2008 gender-based violence law and gender parity in primary and secondary education in Rwanda

Working paper 94 Download pdf Jennie E. Burnet and Jeanne d’Arc Kanakuze This paper explores the ways in which power and politics shape the realisation of women’s rights and gender equity in Rwanda. In the past decade, Rwanda has become a global leader in increasing women’s inclusion

Spotlight on an ESID expert – Vinothan Naidoo

20 December 2017 Vinothan Naidoo is a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Administration at the University of Cape Town. He is a key contributer to ESID’s research on education in South Africa.   What made you want to work in development research? During my graduate resear