Effective States and Inclusive Development

Taking our research findings to Ghana

  Kojo Asante 29 March 2016   Next week we are excited to be visiting Ghana to disseminate our research to partners, policy makers, academics and the general public. The timing of this trip has been arranged in part to ensure our findings and messages enter into academic and

Politics and health service delivery: Insights from Ghana

Briefing No. 16 Ghana has a mixed record in terms of health outcomes. Research presented in this briefing suggests that these outcomes reflect the character of politics in Ghana, as well as the interaction of politics with the governance arrangements for the health sector. Improved pe

The politics of governing natural resources in Ghana: Towards inclusive development?

Briefing No. 15 In Ghana, the manner in which political power is contested tends to increase the incentives of ruling elites to politicise public institutions and distribute resources according to political criteria. This briefing sets out the ways in which power and politics in Ghana

Ghana’s political settlement and constraints to structural transformation

Briefing No. 14 This briefing analyses the ways in which Ghana’s current political settlement and the structure of its domestic economy shape the relationship between the state and the business sector. This analysis is used to explain why Ghana’s sustained growth has occurred wi

In it to win it? How powerful political elites manipulate education resources in Ghana

11 January 2016    ESID’s Abdul Gafaru Abdulai and Sam Hickey have just published their article on Ghana’s political settlement in The Journal of African Affairs. Here is a a summary of their findings:     Initial hopes that democratisation would improve prospect

Spotlight on an ESID researcher: Daniel Appiah

7 December 2015 What is your background and how did you become involved in ESID? I did a degree in Political Science at the University of Ghana followed by a Masters in Public Administration in Norway. I did my PHD at York University , UK, with Adrian Leftwich and it was there that I

The politics of governing oil effectively: A comparative study of two new oil-rich states in Africa

Working paper 54 Download pdf Sam Hickey, Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai, Angelo Izama and Giles Mohan Abstract The challenges facing developing countries with new-found natural resource wealth are generally understood in terms of whether they have the institutions of ‘good governance’ required

Political settlements, the deals environment and economic growth: The case of Ghana

Working paper 53 Download pdf Robert Darko Osei, Charles Ackah, George Domfe and Michael Danquah Abstract The paper explores the extent to which political settlements, and consequently the deals environment, have influenced the growth and development outcomes for Ghana. This is done u

Spotlight on an ESID Researcher: Kojo Asante

29th October 2015  What is your background and how did you come to be at ESID? I first came to the UK in 1998 to study law.  I qualified as a barrister, but after two years at a solicitor’s practice I realised law wasn’t for me. I did a Masters in African Studies in the US

How the centralised politics of education improve access but neglect quality

8 September 2015 Researchers working on ESID’s education project presented their comparative findings at the Development Studies Association meeting taking place in Bath this week. Using primary research from Bangladesh, Rwanda, Ghana and Uganda, the team found that access to ed