Effective States and Inclusive Development

Social accountability or social transformation? Working ‘with’ and ‘against’ the grain

06 March 2015 By Sophie King Social accountability has become an important ‘buzzword’ among development actors seeking to understand the forms of state-society relations that may be supportive of better public services. Malena and McNeil (2010: 1) define it as: ‘the broad range of act

Seiha Heng

Role Seiha Heng is a Research Fellow at the Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Research Seiha is working on two research projects for ESID: ‘The political economy of growth in Cambodia’; and ‘The political settlement and social provisioning in Camb

Paths to development: Is there a Bangladesh surprise?

15 January 2015 [5 December 2014 original post]. By Niaz Asadullah and Antonio Savoia. Bangladesh’s economy has recorded remarkable economic performance in the new millennium, though its per capita income has remained low. Even more spectacular has been the steady improvement in its l

The political economy of inclusive healthcare in Cambodia

16 December 2014 In their latest ESID working paper, Tim Kelsall and Seiha Heng explain how Cambodia’s political settlement is limiting progressive change within the health sector to certain ‘islands of effectiveness’. In ‘The political economy of inclusive healthcare in Cambodia’, th

The political economy of inclusive healthcare in Cambodia

Working paper 43 Download pdf Tim Kelsall and Seiha Heng Over the past 15 years, Cambodia has made significant strides in expanding effective access to free healthcare for poor people, thanks largely to ‘Health Equity Funds’ (HEFs), a multi-stakeholder health-financing mechanism. HEF

The political settlement and social provisioning in Cambodia

Objective In this project, political settlements and social provisioning in Cambodia are explored using the health service as the unit of analysis. Cases Cambodia is an interesting case for ESID’s work on political settlements, apparently occupying an intermediate position between oth

Are service-delivery NGOs building state capacity in the global South? Experiences from HIV/AIDS programmes in rural Uganda

Working paper 22 Download pdf Badru Bukenya Abstract Service-delivery NGOs are often attacked for abandoning the pursuit of ‘alternative development’ in favour of ‘technocratic’ and ‘depoliticised’ forms of development. Yet some commentators argue that these organisations, through the

The politics of what works in service delivery: an evidence-based review

Working paper 6 Download pdf Claire Mcloughlin and Richard Batley Abstract This paper examines the evidence on the forms of politics likely to promote inclusive social provisioning and enable, as opposed to constrain, improvements in service outcomes. It focuses on eight relatively su