Effective States and Inclusive Development

Political settlement and the politics of legitimation in countries undergoing democratisation: Insights from Tanzania

Working paper 124 Download pdf Rasmus Hundsbæk Pedersen and Thabit Jacob In recent decades, reforms have been introduced in developing countries to promote economic transformation, democracy and the rule of law. However, structural factors have often undermined their implementation. T

Service delivery reform in Nigeria: The rise and fall of the Conditional Grant Scheme to Local Government Areas (CGS to LGAs)

Working paper 114 Download pdf Bala Yunusa Yusuf and David Hulme This paper analyses Nigeria’s Conditional Grant Scheme to Local Government Areas (CGS to LGAs). It tracks the design and implementation of CGS to LGAs at multiple levels, with a conceptual focus on the dynamics of state

EVENT – Discussion on ESID’s findings at University of Cape Town

If you are able to be in Cape Town this Thursday, don’t miss the opportunity to join our leading researchers, Prof Sam Hickey, Dr Tim Kelsall and Prof Brian Levy, for a presentation and discussion on: ‘How politics, development and state effectiveness interact – main findi

Social protection in an electorally competitive environment (1): The politics of Productive Social Safety Nets (PSSN) in Tanzania

Working paper 109 Download pdf Thabit Jacob and Rasmus Hundsbæk Pedersen Social protection has become a more important part of social service delivery in Tanzania over the last couple of decades. This paper analyses the politics behind the making and implementation of the Productive S

The politics of local content legislation in Ghana

Working paper 104 Download pdf Ishmael Ayanoore The resurgence in local content reforms in most oil-rich Africa countries is broadly understood within the elite-political projects of creating opportunities for domestic capitalists to accumulate rents. New insights from an extended pol

The political economy of social protection in Mozambique

Working paper 103 Download pdf Lars Buur and Padil Salimo In the view of international donors, multilateral organisations and government officials, social protection in Mozambique benefits from strong government commitment to it. Their argument is that, in contrast to many African cou

Understanding the contribution of the BSUP (JNNURM) to inclusive cities in India

Working paper 97 Download pdf Sundar Burra, Diana Mitlin and Gayatri Menon with Indu Agarwal, Preeti Banarse, Sharmila Gimonkar, Maria Lobo, Sheela Patel, Vinodkumar Rao and Monali Waghmare The Basic Services for the Urban Poor (BSUP) sub-Mission of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban

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

The politics of core public sector reform in Uganda: Behind the façade

Working paper 85 Download pdf Badru Bukenya and William Muhumuza The Ugandan state presents an interesting puzzle for the advocates of public sector reforms (PSRs). Whereas it has been subjected to several waves of reforms over the last three decades, these changed form but have gener

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