Effective States and Inclusive Development

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

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

‘Leave no-one behind’: what do we mean by ‘inclusion’?

12 March 2015 By Kate Pruce and Diana Mitlin By calling for a pledge to ‘leave no-one behind’ as the first principle of the post-2015 development agenda, the UN High Level Panel report places social justice at the heart of the  new agenda, emphasising the need to reach the most vulner

Is NREGA reaching its end?

19 January 2015 [29 December 2014, original post]. By Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay. Is the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) suffering a midlife crisis or are we staring at its death? From a budget of ₹401 billion in 2010-11, it has plummeted to ₹330 billion

The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM): Lessons learnt

5 November 2014. By Sundar Burra. The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), articulated in 2005-06 with a budget of more than Rs.60,000 crores, signalled the beginning of a focus upon the ‘urban’. There were 65 cities where the Urban Infrastructure and Governance (

Political settlements applied to urban development: 5 key questions

15 August 2014 By Kate Pruce and Pablo Yanguas. In July ESID hosted a small research workshop devoted to the question of whether and how the concept of ‘political settlements’ can be deployed to study urban poverty and development. Much of the discussion pivoted around pre