Effective States and Inclusive Development

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

Video: Emerging findings on gender

30 July 2015 We recently caught up with Professor Sohela Nazneen, the Effective States gender project lead, to discuss the emerging findings. Read more of the gender project research here.

Transnational capital and the political settlement of Ghana’s oil economy

7 July 2015 By Kojo Asante and Giles Mohan. How has Ghana – one of Africa’s most celebrated democracies – managed its newfound wealth since it struck oil in 2007? This is a profoundly political question that goes to the heart of the resource-development nexus. Our project under the ES

High quality education for national development

28 May 2015 By David Hulme. [Reposted from Development at Manchester] Education is still considered a key strategy for reducing poverty by the poor. Universal primary education was included as a Millennium Development Goal, and it looks as though the new Sustainable Development Goals

Transnational capital and the political settlement of Ghana’s oil economy

Working Paper 49 Download pdf Giles Mohan and Kojo Pumpuni Asante Abstract Ghana’s recent status as an oil producer focuses attention on the relationship between domestic politics and transnational actors. While the political settlements literature is useful for focusing on how elite

The politics of regional inequality in sub-Saharan Africa: Insights from Ghana and Uganda

Objectives This project aims to deepen our understanding of the structural underpinnings of spatial inequality from a comparative perspective. It adopts a political settlements approach to investigate the role of politics and power relations in shaping policy reforms and public invest

What does ESID’s new gendered political settlements framework offer feminist analysis?

7 November 2014 By Sophie King. Political settlements analysis has been largely gender blind and, as Professor Sylvia Tamale noted at a recent Gender and Political Settlements workshop in Kampala, can read like Ancient Greek to even the most experienced feminist scholars. So what does

Doing Development Differently: The future is now-ish

7 November 2014 By Pablo Yanguas. Two weeks ago Harvard Kennedy School and ODI co-hosted a very particular kind of workshop, entitled “Doing Development Differently”. I say particular because I have not attended anything similar in my years as a grad student or researcher:

Rhoda Osei-Afful

Role Rhoda Osei-Afful is a Research Officer with the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana). She is a key member of CDD-Ghana’s Elections Team and has supported the implementation of a number of research projects at CDD-Ghana, such as the Transparency and Accountability P