Effective States and Inclusive Development

Thinking and working with political settlements

5 July 2016 Tim Kelsall This post first appeared on Fragile States   This article aims to give some advice to development practitioners, especially those working in-country, on how to use Political Settlements Analysis (PSA) as a diagnostic tool for country programming. This advi

Spotlight on an ESID Researcher: Tim Kelsall

 24 June 2016 Tell us a bit about your background I grew up in Manchester, went to university in Oxford and London, and now work for the Overseas Development Institute in London. Before that I had jobs at Oxford and Newcastle universities, and I also worked as a freelance consultant.

ESID at the Development Studies Association Conference

    19th April 2016   The Global Development Institute are taking a lead role in convening seven panels at the annual Development Studies Association conference, including panels convened by ESID’s Pablo Yanguas, Kunal Sen and Sam Hickey. This exciting conference 

Optimistic rebels vs. the anti-politics machine

29 February 2016 Chris Lyon The secret has been out the bag for a while now. Time was when the very mention of the words ‘inequality’, ‘distribution’, ‘power’, or, God forbid, ‘state’ in polite development conversation would see canapés dropped in shock and waiters scurrying to fetch

New book: Making the State Work

4 August 2015 Professor David Hulme, ESID’s CEO, introduces this new edition of Governance, Management and Development: Making the State Work. He outlines how the debates have changed and sums up the four key themes of the book. The last 25 years have seen the most rapid economi

World Development publishes our research on donor political analysis

10 June 2015 Research findings from ESID’s project on donor use of political analysis have now been published in the peer-reviewed journal World Development. The entire article can be read and downloaded for free until 29 July on the journal’s site.

The political economy of governance measurement

9 June 2015 By David Hulme, Debora Malito, Antonio Savoia and Gaby Umbach. Most scholars and policy-makers agree that the design of rules and regulations, the effectiveness of policies and the competence of public bodies play a crucial role in the functioning of states and economies.

The Political Economy of Measuring State Capacity and Governance: Mapping Transnational Approaches and Their Production

Objective Given the immediate relevance for both the academic and the policy debate of the Post-2015 and Post-2030 development agendas, the project takes the state of governance and state capacity measurement as its starting point. A collaboration with the European University Institut

Reinventing the gender-blind wheel?

26 May 2015 By Pablo Yanguas. A week ago I participated in the OECD-DAC’s INCAF workshop on PSG1. Too many acronyms? OK, let us go one by one. The OECD Development Assistance Committee is the aspirational brain of the aid community, fostering the agenda of aid effectiveness, con

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