Effective States and Inclusive Development

Rethinking the politics of development in Africa? How the ‘political settlement’ shapes resource allocation in Ghana

Working Paper 38 Download pdf Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai and Sam Hickey Abstract Debates over whether democratic or neopatrimonial forms of politics are driving the politics of development in Africa have increasingly given way to more nuanced readings which seek to capture the dynamic inter

Ghana’s political settlement undermines prospects for economic transformation

13 August 2014. By Kojo Pumpuni Asante, Franklin Oduro & Awal Mohammed. On 1st August 2014, the Government of Ghana (GoG) announced that it would approach the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for assistance to help stabilise the economy. For watchers of Ghana, this decision is lo

Dr E. Kojo Pumpuni Asante

Role Kojo recently obtained a PhD from the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester, and is a researcher with ESID. He is also a Senior Research Officer at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana). Research Kojo’s research focus is the politics

Dr Franklin Oduro

Role Franklin Oduro is Head of Research and Programs, and Deputy Director at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), a key partner within the ESID research consortium. Franklin is Lead Researcher on ESID’s education project in Ghana and the coordinator for all E

Dr Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai

Role Abdul-Gafaru is a lecturer at the Department of Public Administration, University of Ghana Business School. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. Within ESID he has produced a conceptual and methodological framework for comparative research into

Professor Giles Mohan

Role Giles Mohan is Professor of International Development at the Open University and a co-investigator on the project Oil, governance and inclusive development in Ghana and Uganda. His main role in this project is the Ghana study and investigating the comparative links between Ghana/

Can aid bureaucracies think politically? The administrative challenges of political economy analysis in DFID and the World Bank

Working paper 33 Download pdf Pablo Yanguas and David Hulme Abstract Although politics has become central to international development assistance, the use of political economy analysis (PEA) as a means for greater aid effectiveness remains an aspiring epistemic agenda. Even though vir

Richard Joseph argues against development without democracy in Africa (CDD Ghana)

7 April 2014. Last month our partners at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development hosted political scientist Richard Joseph (Northwestern University) for a talk in which he questioned the “revisionist” argument that high levels of economic growth require sacrificing som

The Politics of Core Public Sector Reform: Leadership, Social Accountability and Policy Adaptation

Objective This project analyses whether ‘new’ approaches to public sector reform (PSR) centred on leadership, social accountability or policy adaptation are more likely to bypass some of the recurrent shortcomings of conventional ‘Weberian approaches’, which ar

Dr Pablo Yanguas

Role Pablo Yanguas is Research Fellow at the Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) research centre, where he leads research on public sector reform and political-economy analysis. He is also currently working as PEA and Research Adviser to DFID’s Strengthening Action