Effective States and Inclusive Development

How the centralised politics of education improve access but neglect quality

8 September 2015 Researchers working on ESID’s education project presented their comparative findings at the Development Studies Association meeting taking place in Bath this week. Using primary research from Bangladesh, Rwanda, Ghana and Uganda, the team found that access to ed

High quality education for national development

28 May 2015 By David Hulme. [Reposted from Development at Manchester] Education is still considered a key strategy for reducing poverty by the poor. Universal primary education was included as a Millennium Development Goal, and it looks as though the new Sustainable Development Goals

Dr Tim Kelsall

Role Tim Kelsall is a Senior Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London, and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the School of Environment, Education and Development, The University of Manchester. Between 2013 and 2015 he was the Cambodia team leader for ESI

Social accountability or social transformation? Working ‘with’ and ‘against’ the grain

06 March 2015 By Sophie King Social accountability has become an important ‘buzzword’ among development actors seeking to understand the forms of state-society relations that may be supportive of better public services. Malena and McNeil (2010: 1) define it as: ‘the broad range of act

Professor Brian Levy

Role Brian Levy  is Professor of the Practice of International Development, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC and Academic Director, Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, University of Cape Town. Brian leads the ESID South Africa

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

Regional inequality and spending on education in Ghana: A political settlements approach

15 September 2014 By Pablo Yanguas. ESID’s latest working paper investigates why some of Ghana’s regions have had greater access than others to public spending on education, and uses this case to illustrate how elite politics – and, in particular, regional coalitions

Dr Vinothan Naidoo

Role Dr Vinothan Naidoo is a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Administration at the University of Cape Town (SA). Research Dr Naidoo’s research spans various topics related to South Africa’s public sector. This includes public sector reform, political-administrative re

Professor Robert Cameron

Role Robert Cameron is a professor in the department of political studies at the University of Cape Town. He is currently working with Brian Levy on ESID’s education project in South Africa. Research Robert’s research interests include performance management, public sector

Dr Franklin Oduro

Role Franklin Oduro is Head of Research and Programs, and Deputy Director at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), a key partner within the ESID research consortium. Franklin is Lead Researcher on ESID’s education project in Ghana and the coordinator for all E