Effective States and Inclusive Development

Gender equitable policy reforms in Bangladesh: The role of informal networks and practices

Working paper 154 Download pdf Maheen Sultan and Pragyna Mahpara This paper explores the way power operates in a gendered manner, and how informal processes shape possibilities for gender equity. It investigates how and why gender equality policies are formulated, when these may not b

Covid-19 and domestic violence: Caring states?

30 April 2020       Sohela Nazneen   ESID’s expert on the politics of domestic violence sets out vital ways that states can address domestic violence during the Covid-19 lockdown.   Image: Bangladesh Women Rally For Their Rights in India. Photo credit: M

Reclaiming gender justice: we must act now to counter backlash threatening women’s rights globally

  23 March 2020 Sohela Nazneen     Sohela Nazneen is editor of the open access book Negotiating Gender Equity in the Global South, bringing together ESID research on the politics of domestic violence law. This blog was first published by IDS where Sohela is Research Fel

PODCAST: The politics of domestic violence policy – Sohela Nazneen talks to Prof Diane Elson

6 February 2020         Listen to ESID researcher, Sohela Nazneen, in conversation with economist and gender specialist, Professor Diane Elson, for IDS podcast series, Between the Lines. They discuss the surprising findings of the book edited by Sohela on negotiati

Acting together: Harnessing the power of the collective for reform

   Sohela Nazneen 19 December 2019 This blog features Sohela’s ESID work on gender and was originally published by The Development Leadership Programme. Image: Bangladesh Women Rally For Their Rights in India. Photo credit: Musfiq Tajwar, Solidarity Center.   The meaning of

Will South Asia achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030? Learning from the MDGs experience

Working paper 126 Download pdf M. Niaz Asadullah, Antonio Savoia and Kunal Sen This paper contributes to the debate on the Sustainable Development Goals progress by evaluating the MDGs’ achievements in South Asia and the policy and institutional challenges deriving from such experienc

Five ESID books are open access and free to download

26 June 2019 With the recent publication of two new books, The Politics of Education in Developing Countries and Negotiating Gender Equity in the Global South, there are now five ESID books open access, free to download at these links:              

PODCAST – Sam Hickey and Sohela Nazneen present findings of ESID book, Negotiating Gender Equity in the Global South

30 May 2019 In this podcast, Professor Sam Hickey presents an overview of ESID’s new book, Negotiating Gender Equity in the Global South: The Politics of Domestic Violence Policy. Co-editor, Professor Sohela Nazneen, then presents the key findings of the book. You can download t

The interplay of ideas, institutional innovations and organisational structures: Insights from group farming in India

Working paper 116 Download pdf Bina Agarwal An innovative development programme requires ideas at multiple stages, from conception to implementation. Where do these ideas come from, and how do they shape institutional and organisational structures? A recent debate on ideas has focused

NEW OPEN ACCESS BOOK – Negotiating Gender Equity in the Global South: The Politics of Domestic Violence Policy

12 March 2019 “This book provides exciting new ways of thinking about how women’s rights policy change occurs in the Global South. … It is certain to influence contemporary thinking about gender-related policy reform…”  Professor Aili Mari Tripp, University of