Effective States and Inclusive Development

Has Chhattisgarh done better than Jharkhand in promoting inclusive development? A political settlements analysis of two newly created mineral rich Indian states

Briefing No. 18 This briefing presents research on the two newly created Indian states of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, which have both have pursued mining activities as part of a broader emphasis on modernisation based on mega industries and development. While mining is important for e

Spotlight on Subhasish Dey

  23 May 2016   Subhasish completed his PhD at The University of Manchester in January 2016. He is an ESID research associate on the  world’s biggest employment guarantee programme of India, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. He was also recently

MNREGA, India’s Rural Employment Guarantee – 10 years on

    22 March 2016 Professor Kunal Sen     For the tenth anniversary of  MNREGA, our Research Director, Professor Kunal Sen, evaluates whether MNREGA has achieved its broader development objectives. He also looks at why the programme’s implementation has been challe

Spotlight on an ESID researcher: Indrajit Roy

17 February 2016 What is your educational background? My first degree was in history, from the University of Delhi. Then I did a Masters in Social Work, which as a subject in India is closer to Development Studies. I then worked with international NGOs in India for several years, espe

Boom and bust: What’s caused India’s growth slowdown?

5 January 2016 By Kunal Sen For much of the 1990s and 2000s, India was seen as the ‘new kid on the block’ among countries that were growth success stories. This narrative of India’s emerging growth miracle came to a sudden stop in 2011, as growth slowed down considerably. The average

Lessons from India’s Basic Services for the Urban Poor programme

Briefing No. 13 This briefing presents research into the effectiveness of India’s Basic Services for the Urban Poor (BSUP) programme. It examines the implementation of BSUP in five different Indian cities. Security of tenure, universalised services and institutionalised communit

Indrajit Roy reports from the Annual Conference on South Asia

30 November 2015 By Indrajit Roy Each autumn since November 1971, droves of South Asianists have flocked to Madison, capital of the US state of Wisconsin, for the Annual Conference on South Asia. Globally, this three-day event is perhaps the most important on the South Asianist calend

Exciting research findings on how to make a difference to the lives of the urban poor in India

5 November 2015 By Professor Diana Mitlin, who leads the ESID project on urban poverty in India. This research project is a unique collaboration between an action-research NGO, the Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centres, a former Indian Administrative Service officer, an I

Breaking the rules, breaking the game: Ideas and protest in the shifting Honduran political settlement

7 October 2015 By Sarah Hunt. One aspect of ESID’s novel approach to political settlements is to examine the role of ideas in shaping state capacity and elite commitment to inclusive development. Research I have just completed in Central America suggests that ideas have played a funda

Political commitment in India’s social policy implementation: Shaping the performance of MGNREGA

Working paper 50 Download pdf Deepta Chopra Abstract This paper contributes to the empirical understanding of the concept of commitment and the role it plays in shaping India’s social policy implementation. Taking the case of the landmark policy, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Empl