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Political settlements and the implementation of maternal health policy in the developing world: A comparative case study of Rwanda, Ghana, Uganda and Bangladesh

Working paper 137 Download pdf Tim Kelsall Maternal health, and in particular the issue of reducing maternal mortality, has been

The politics of bureaucratic ‘pockets of effectiveness’: Insights from Ghana’s Ministry of Finance

Working paper 119 Download pdf Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai and Giles Mohan   Ghana’s Ministry of Finance (MoF) has been identified as a

LIVE STREAMED EVENT – Anthony Bebbington speaks at Oxfam America on Extractive Industries, Inclusion, Rights and Climate

Political Settlements and Extractive Industries: Implications for Inclusion, Rights and Climate When: Thursday, 4 April, 2019 12 - 2pm Where:

Mohammed Awal

Role Mohammed Awal is a research analyst, and social accountability programming team lead at the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development

The politics of gender equity in the Global South

8 March 2019 Professor of Politics and expert on gender and institutions, Georgina Waylen, is a contributor to the forthcoming ESID

Prof Sam Hickey on The UN Global Dispatches Podcast – How countries can avoid the resource curse
Prof Sam Hickey on The UN Global Dispatches Podcast – How countries can avoid the resource curse

 12 February 2018 Our Research Director, Professor Sam Hickey, is this week featured on The UN Global Dispatches Podcast. He talks

Rethinking elite commitment to social protection in Ghana: Insights from an adapted political settlements approach

Working paper 112 Download pdf Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai This paper explores the political economy drivers of Ghana’s flagship cash transfer programme,

Dr Ishmael Ayanoore

Role The focus of  Ishmael’s research with ESID is the politics of natural resource governance in Ghana and the broader

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

New journal article on the politics of Ghana's oil

17th July 2018 A new open access article by ESID researchers Giles Mohan, Kojo Asante and Abdul Gafaru Abdulai has

Decentralisation and teacher accountability: How the political settlement shapes governance in the education sector at sub-national levels in Ghana
Decentralisation and teacher accountability: How the political settlement shapes governance in the education sector at sub-national levels in Ghana

Working paper 102 Download pdf Edward Ampratwum, Mohammed Awal and Franklin Oduro Despite a series of reforms designed to improve

EVENT IN GHANA – Symposium on the future of dams

5 June 2018 Our Ghanaian friends and colleagues or anyone in Ghana on June 11th, join us for an important

Research on the political economy of Ghana's oil is published in New Political Economy Journal

27 March 2018  ESID Research on the politics of governing Ghana's oil has been published as an article, Party politics and

Ghana now has free senior high school education – but how do we ensure quality outcomes?
Ghana now has free senior high school education – but how do we ensure quality outcomes?

4 December 2017 Experts on the politics of education from  Ghana's Centre for Democratic Development, Mohammed Awal and Franklin Oduro investigate the

A political settlement approach to gender empowerment: The case of the Domestic Violence Act and girls’ education policy in Ghana

Working paper 91 Download pdf Beatrix Allah-Mensah and Rhoda Osei-Afful Although rightly lauded as one of the strongest democracies in Africa,

NEWS: Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai is awarded 2017 Gerti Hesseling Prize

30th August 2017 We are delighted to announce that Dr Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Gerti Hesseling

Varieties of state-building in Africa: Elites, ideas and the politics of public sector reform

Working paper 89 Download pdf Pablo Yanguas Why do some states in Africa seem to be stuck in a spiral

Drilling down into the drivers of extractive industry governance
Drilling down into the drivers of extractive industry governance

Anthony Bebbington 4 July 2017 When a country discovers that it has valuable mineral deposits under its soil, some would say it

Political settlements and the governance of extractive industry: A comparative analysis of the longue durée in Africa and Latin America
Political settlements and the governance of extractive industry: A comparative analysis of the longue durée in Africa and Latin America

Working paper 81 Download pdf Anthony Bebbington with Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai, Marja Hinfelaar, Denise Humphreys Bebbington and Cynthia Sanborn This paper synthesises findings

The politics of mining and the resource curse in Ghana

  Abdul Gafaru Abdulai 12 June 2017     Why are some mineral-dependent countries able to translate natural resource wealth

WATCH: What needs to happen about illegal mining in Ghana?

8 June 2017 Known as 'galamsey', illegal small-scale mining has really captured the attention of the media and the public

Competitive clientelism and the political economy of mining in Ghana

Working paper 78 Download pdf Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai This paper offers a political economy explanation to the question of why over