Effective States and Inclusive Development

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, it is striking that women do not have a political quota in Ghana, and that women’s rights have more often been handed down through the politic

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 Prize for ‘the best contribution by a young African scholar’. This was in recognition of his paper co-authored with Sam Hickey published in the

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 of corruption and institutional weakness? Why do others somehow build effective bureaucracies that are able and willing to tackle the challenges of development? The public sector rema

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 had won the lottery. Putting aside the question of how and why it was that the country began looking for the minerals in the firs

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 from research in Bolivia, Ghana, Peru and Zambia to address the following three questions: 1) How does the natur

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 into sustainable and inclusive development outcomes, while others often succumb to the resource curse or Dutch Disease? Most analysts argue that th

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 in Ghana recently. It’s an urgent issue. The practice is poisoning the water and Ghana may need to import water in as little as three years time

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 100 years of mineral resource extraction in Ghana has failed to translate into broad-based development. It does so through the lens of political settlements

FINDINGS: Competitive politics and the challenge of combating illegal mining in Ghana

1 June 2017 Dr Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai In the last three months, the Ghanaian media landscape has been dominated by discussions about the dangers of illegal mining. Although Ghana has had a formalised process for engaging in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) on a legal basis since t

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