Effective States and Inclusive Development

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

Competitive clientelism and the politics of core public sector reform in Ghana

Working paper 82 Download pdf Daniel Appiah and Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai Although Ghana has implemented several donor-sponsored public sector reforms (PSRs) in an attempt to improve core areas of state functionality, the impact of such reforms remains generally disappointing. In this pape

Corporate social responsibility and political settlements in the mining sector in Ghana, Zambia and Peru

Working paper 74 Download pdf Tomas Frederiksen This paper explores and compares the political effects of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the mining sector in Zambia, Ghana and Peru. The paper adopts a political settlements approach to answer the question: How do the CSR prac

WATCH: New film on the Center for Democratic Development, our partner in Ghana

This new video featuring our Ghanaian researchers was made in Ghana and tells the story of the partnership between ESID and the Center for Democratic Development:

Dr Tomas Frederiksen

Role Tomas Frederiksen is a lecturer in international development at the Global Development Institute (GDI), the University of Manchester. He is co-investigator on the ESID natural resources project, which tracks the politics of natural resources and inclusive development over time. R