Effective States and Inclusive Development

The politics of dominating Addis Ababa (2005-2018)

Working paper 148 Download pdf Eyob Balcha Gebremariam After surviving the most challenging electoral competition in May 2005, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) (now defunct) remained the dominant political force in Addis Ababa for a considerable time. This

Nigeria’s response to Covid-19

5 May 2020 Clare Cummings Nigeria was successful in eliminating Ebola, despite a weak public health system. In the latest in our blog series, expert on governance in Nigeria, Clare Cummings, uncovers why this was and whether Covid-19 could be addressed in the same way. The number of c

Competition, fragmentation and ‘resource factionalism’: The politics of governing oil and gas in Kenya

Working paper 140 Download pdf Matthew Tyce This paper explores how Kenya’s political settlement has shaped the governance of its emerging oil sector. Specifically, it examines three aspects of oil governance: (1) institutional arrangements within the sector; (2) the extent to which b

On Uganda’s ‘long march’ to first oil and the missing billions in the oil fund

    10 March 2020 Angelo Izama   Recently a government minister, Hon. David Bahati, claimed that money in early receipts to Uganda’s oil fund was finished, as had long been suspected by civil society activists. This perhaps ‘lays to rest’ one aspect of oil g

Managing coercion and striving for dominance in Bangladesh

Working paper 129 Download pdf David Jackman Mathilde Maitrot Managing coercion is often central to the pursuit of political dominance, and yet also a neglected field of study. The sources of coercive capacity within a political regime differ markedly, and include the formal apparatus

Dominating Dhaka

Working paper 127 Download pdf David Jackman Throughout Bangladesh’s history, its capital Dhaka has witnessed intense political competition, including numerous coup, mass uprisings and, more recently, a violent rivalry between the Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). O

The politics of upgrading in global value chains: The case of Rwanda’s coffee sector

Working paper 108 Download pdf Pritish Behuria Two parallel tracks of research on economic transformation in developing countries have operated at a distance from each other over the last two decades. A global track – global value chains/global production networks (GVC/GPNs) – has foc

Poverty reduction during 1990-2013: Did Millennium Development Goals adoption and state capacity matter?

Working paper 93 Download pdf M. Niaz Asadullah and Antonio Savoia While poverty reduction remains central in the Post-2015 Agenda, its determinants remain debated in the literature, especially the role of structural conditions related to governance. This paper provides an assessment

School governance in a fragmented political and bureaucratic environment: Case studies from South Africa’s Eastern Cape province

Working paper 84 Download pdf Brian Levy and Lawule Shumane This paper explores governance dynamics in four case study schools in low-income communities in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. A main aim is to identify empirically the causal mechanisms through which horizontal, schoo

The governance of basic education in the Eastern Cape

Working paper 83 Download pdf Zukiswa Kota, Monica Hendricks, Eric Matambo and Vinothan Naidoo The Eastern Cape province experienced extensive governmental re-organisation following South Africa’s 1994 democratic transition. This entailed significant structural consolidation in the pr