Effective States and Inclusive Development

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

LISTEN: Stephen Kosack on state responses to mass political movements

Professor Stephen Kosack (Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington) joined us on 10 May 2017 to share a new framework based on the first systematic survey of mass movements of at least 1,000 citizens over a sustained period. The research focuses on mass m

Building effective states beyond competitive democracy in Ghana

 By Dr Daniel Appiah and Dr Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai 18 April 2017   It is widely accepted that the creation of impartial organisations is an important condition for spurring economic growth and development on a sustained basis. Democracy requires impartial enforcement of rules that

FINDINGS: How Uganda’s political settlement is impeding PSRs

The Ugandan state presents an interesting puzzle for advocates of public sector reforms (PSRs). Though it has been subjected to several waves of reforms over the last three decades, these have generally not translated into progressive changes in how the central government functions. I

Felipe González-Zapata: Trump and the open government data movement

Felipe is a PhD candidate at the Global Development Institute, investigating the politics of open government data in Chile. Here he recounts his reaction to Donald Trump’s election win, and the implications of a Trump presidency for the movement globally.

Do Gram Panchayat leaders favour their own constituencies in MNREGA fund allocation?

By Dr Subhasish Dey and Prof Kunal Sen 3 January 2017* Political incentives are known to play a role in the allocation of public resources from upper- to lower-tier governments. This column seeks to examine whether ruling parties in local governments favour their own constituencies in

EVENT: State-business relations in development seminar

ESID are linking up with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) for a one-day workshop at the National Council For Voluntary Organisations in London on 7 December 2016 to explore the role of state and business relations in creating development outcomes.

LISTEN: Nic van de Walle at Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture

The audio of last week’s annual Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture is now available online. Listen below to what was a great lecture by Cornell University professor and leading expert on democratic development, Nic van de Walle. Nic spoke on social coalitions and democratic develo

WATCH: Nic van de Walle at Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture

The annual Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture took place yesterday, with a great lecture by Cornell University professor and leading expert on democratic development, Nic van de Walle. Nic spoke on social coalitions and democratic development in sub-Saharan Africa, with particular refer