Effective States and Inclusive Development

Supply or demand? How politics influences the implementation of the MGNREGA in Rajasthan

Briefing No. 6 The recent performance of MGNREGA has been a matter of debate. Rajasthan, especially, performed impressively in the initial years of its National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), but experienced a sharp decline (even relative to other states) in outcomesfrom 2

‘They don’t want to work’ versus ‘They don’t want to provide work’: Seeking explanations for the decline of MGNREGA in Rajasthan’

16 July 2014. ESID‘s latest working paper explores the reasons behind the sharp decline in MGNREGA implementation in the Indian state of Rajasthan since 2010. This paper was produced as part of ESID’s research on the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act,

‘They don’t want to work’ versus ‘They don’t want to provide work’: Seeking explanations for the decline of MGNREGA in Rajasthan

Working paper 31 Download pdf Deepta Chopra This paper presents a political economy explanation for the dramatic decline of MGNREGA in Rajasthan. Originally one of the highest performing states, Rajasthan has seen a sharp decline from around 2010 onwards in the uptake of MGNREGA. The

Women and constitutional reform: is a seat at the table enough?

12 June 2014. By Georgina Waylen. Georgina Waylen looks at the role women play in transitions to democracy and the end of conflict, describing the formal and informal ways in which women can and do engage in negotiations and political settlements. She points out these notable successe

Professor Blessings Chinsinga

Role Blessings Chinsinga is Associate Professor at the Department of Political and Administrative Studies at Chancellor College, one of the constituent colleges of the University of Malawi. He also serves as Deputy Director for the Centre of Social Research, the research arm of the Fa

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

Development plans are political statements

9 April 2014. No system of development administration can be effective that ignores or discounts the political dimensions of decision-making. Ultimately, all development plans are political statements and all attempts to implement them are political acts. The pretension that planners

The provision of basic education in South Africa: Institutional and political challenges

Objectives Describe the de facto patterns of the governance of the teaching resource (with specific attention to their differences from the de jure formal rules); Explain why these de facto patterns take the form they do (with a focus on the interactions between institutions and polit

New Delhi Workshop: Politics Shapes MGNREGA Implementation in India

5 March 2014. On January 22nd the India International Centre of New Delhi hosted a workshop presenting the findings of an ESID-led research project on the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), the world’s largest social welfare scheme. An audience of public

Success and failure in MGNREGA implementation in India

Briefing No. 1 The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) – offering up to 100 days work each year to rural Indians – is the largest social protection programme in the world, in terms of the number of households covered. There is a lively debate around whethe