Effective States and Inclusive Development

LISTEN: Nic van de Walle at Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture

The audio of last week’s annual Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture is now available online. Listen below to what was a great lecture by Cornell University professor and leading expert on democratic development, Nic van de Walle. Nic spoke on social coalitions and democratic develo

WATCH: Nic van de Walle at Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture

The annual Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture took place yesterday, with a great lecture by Cornell University professor and leading expert on democratic development, Nic van de Walle. Nic spoke on social coalitions and democratic development in sub-Saharan Africa, with particular refer

WATCH: Takeaways from Rockefeller Centre on what’s exciting about the political settlement framework

Badru Bukeyna & Abdul Gafaru Abdulai nearly get run over by a robot lawnmower…And talk about their takeaways from ESID’s Bellagio conference!

“Agaciro” the Kinyarwanda word for dignity. Ideas of self-reliance in Rwanda

20 November 2015 By Anna Webster At ESID we’re interested in the role of ideas in shaping development. To understand which ideas are salient in particular countries, it helps if you are close to the ground. Our researcher Frederick Golooba-Mutebi spends half his time in Rwanda a

Where are we up to? Ten minutes with Merilee Grindle

16 November 2015 By Anna Webster Last week, a fantastic mix of researchers from around the world came together in a remote location in Sussex, UK, to interrogate and debate ESID’s research to date. This included looking at how ESID’s research can make a difference to the politic

Breaking the rules, breaking the game: external ideas, politics and inclusive development in Honduras

Working paper 52 Download pdf Sarah Hunt Abstract The rise of the new Left has had an important impact on the politics of poverty reduction in Central America, upsetting the status quo for elites in the case of Honduras. After Hurricane Mitch in 1998, international pressure on elites

Political analysis: sticking plaster or salvation?

29 April 2014 A conversation between Chris Jordan and Pablo Yanguas Pablo: The new ESID briefing on “Making political analysis useful” is the result of many conversations with donor staff and other people involved in the Thinking and Working Politically community. Virtuall

Investigating the political economy of social protection expansion in Africa: At the intersection of transnational ideas and domestic politics

Working paper 47 Download pdf Tom Lavers and Sam Hickey Abstract The growing literature on social protection in Africa has tended to focus on conceptual debates, policy design issues and impact evaluations. To date, there has been relatively little systematic analysis of the ways in w

Political aid thinking, fast and slow

17 March 2015 By Pablo Yanguas. These days I am reading psychologist Daniel Kahneman‘s book Thinking, Fast and Slow (2012), in which he outlines two aspects of our brains which determine how we process information, associate ideas and solve problems. Kahneman speaks of two syste

Beyond elite bargains: building democracy from below in Uganda

Working Paper 45 Download pdf Sophie King and Sam Hickey Abstract New theories of how democratic development is likely to emerge within developing countries obscure the effects of popular agency, and of ideas, offering an incomplete view of such historical processes and exaggerating t