Effective States and Inclusive Development

Governance and inequality: Benchmarking and interpreting South Africa’s evolving political settlement

Working paper 51 Download pdf Brian Levy, Alan Hirsch and Ingrid Woolard Abstract Has South Africa’s political settlement provided a constructive platform for successfully addressing the country’s deep-seated economic challenges in an inclusive way? Or is it increasingly consolidating

Political commitment in India’s social policy implementation: Shaping the performance of MGNREGA

Working paper 50 Download pdf Deepta Chopra Abstract This paper contributes to the empirical understanding of the concept of commitment and the role it plays in shaping India’s social policy implementation. Taking the case of the landmark policy, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Empl

The political settlement and oil in Uganda

Working paper 48 Download pdf Sam Hickey with Badru Bukenya, Angelo Izama and William Kizito Abstract The capacity and commitment of Uganda to govern its oil in developmental ways has generally been discussed through a ‘new institutionalist’ prism that focuses on the dangers of the ‘r

Why such a commitment to public sector reform in Rwanda?

By Dr Benjamin Chemouni 17 February 2015 The case of public sector reforms in Rwanda is apparently exceptional. As mentioned already in the blog post presenting ESID’s Public Sector Reform project, Rwanda is an outlier in terms of state effectiveness compared to the other case studies

What comes after all the shouting about politics and aid?

3 February 2015 By Pablo Yanguas. Last week DFID’s research team hosted representatives from four research programme consortia on development, including ESID, for a debate and set of presentations on what we have found so far and what – if anything – DFID can do abou

The Politics of Inclusive Development: Interrogating the Evidence

13 January 2015. Among those engaged in policy and planning of development, there is growing recognition that politics and institutions matter for inclusive development. However, the specific ways in which they shape possibilities, across different types and forms of development, and

Researching the political economy determinants of economic growth: A new conceptual and methodological approach

Briefing No. 10 Research Framing Paper No. 4 Understanding significant differences in growth trajectories and living standards across countries is a critical endeavour for development research. Massive changes in economic growth are common in developing countries, with most having exp

The politics of regional inequality in Ghana: State elites, donors and PRSPs

Working paper 41 Download pdf Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai and David Hulme Abstract Through an analysis of Ghana’s HIPC Fund, which was established as part of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP) process, this paper shows how aid-financed efforts to reduce regional inequality in Ghana

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

Post-conflict pacts and inclusive political settlements: institutional perspectives from Solomon Islands

Working Paper 39 Download pdf David Craig and Doug Porter Abstract Political settlements and pacts now feature prominently in donor narratives about transitions from conflict and institutional fragility to peace and prosperity. “Successful transitions” are said to occur when pacts bet