Effective States and Inclusive Development

Repealing resource transparency – a shameful descent into collusion with criminality

By Brian Levy 29 March 2017 ESID will soon be publishing a synthesis of new research on the politics of the extractive industry in Africa and Latin America. Here, our researcher, Brian Levy, writes about the recent ‘unconscionable’ US vote to repeal transparency for oil an

Can extractive industries promote development?

      1 June 2016 By Neil McCulloch This post first appear on the Unu-Wider Blog.   I spent the last couple of days at a fascinating workshop at UNU-WIDER on the role of extractive industries in development. Tony Addison, UNU-WIDER Chief Economist-Deputy Director,

Political settlements approach to extractive industries in Eastern Africa

Marja Hinfelaar 15 April 2016   In February, I presented some of our ESID research findings on the politics of natural resources extraction to a UN Economic Commission for Africa meeting on ‘Institutions, decentralization and structural transformation in Eastern Africa’, held in

What are our findings on Ghana?

    Anna Webster 13 April 2016   So the ESID team are back in Manchester following a great week in Ghana. It was a hot and steamy 30 degrees in the vibrant city of Accra and during a brief power cut we realised how thankful we were for the AC! Debate and discussion on t

Transparency on extractive industries and the problem of shrinking civic space

        11 March 2016 Anthony Bebbington   During the last week of February 2016, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative  (EITI) swept into Lima to hold its Global Meetings.  Alongside the formal meeting programme, civil society organisations, compa

Spotlight on an ESID Researcher: Kojo Asante

29th October 2015  What is your background and how did you come to be at ESID? I first came to the UK in 1998 to study law.  I qualified as a barrister, but after two years at a solicitor’s practice I realised law wasn’t for me. I did a Masters in African Studies in the US

Transnational capital and the political settlement of Ghana’s oil economy

7 July 2015 By Kojo Asante and Giles Mohan. How has Ghana – one of Africa’s most celebrated democracies – managed its newfound wealth since it struck oil in 2007? This is a profoundly political question that goes to the heart of the resource-development nexus. Our project under the ES

The “nature” of political settlements: extractive industries and the politics of inclusive development

03 February 2015  By Anthony Bebbington Clark University, University of Manchester As a geographer, the idea that the relationships between humans and the environment are central to problems of development and social organisation is hardly alien to me. Yet in development studies and p

Ghana’s political settlement undermines prospects for economic transformation

13 August 2014. By Kojo Pumpuni Asante, Franklin Oduro & Awal Mohammed. On 1st August 2014, the Government of Ghana (GoG) announced that it would approach the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for assistance to help stabilise the economy. For watchers of Ghana, this decision is lo

How should Uganda grow?

14 March 2014. ESID’s new working paper answers the question “How should Uganda grow?” Authors Ricardo Hausmann, Brad Cunningham, John Matovu, Rosie Osire and Kelly Wyett use product-space analysis that, in light of the country’s structural trends and productiv