Effective States and Inclusive Development

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

UK to meet 0.7% aid, but what about effectiveness?

20 March 2014 Yesterday George Osborne’s budget speech restated Britain’s commitment to meet the target of 0.7% of national income contributed as foreign assistance. As a matter of fact,  given the economic growth forecasts for the country the target may have already been

Deciphering the confusing new politics of international aid

12 March 2014. Earlier this year Thomas Carothers was a guest lecturer at ESID’s “Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture”. During his visit to Manchester we were able to ask him about some of the key ideas included in his influential book on politics and aid with Diane de

Dr Pablo Yanguas

Role Pablo Yanguas is Research Fellow at the Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) research centre, where he leads research on public sector reform and political-economy analysis. He is also currently working as PEA and Research Adviser to DFID’s Strengthening Action

Professor David Hulme

Role David Hulme is CEO at ESID. He is also Professor of Development Studies at the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester. From 2000-2010 he was Director at the Chronic Poverty Research Centre. Research David’s personal research focus within ESID is on Political

Political Economy Analysis (PEA) and the production of commitment to development

Objective This research project systematically examines how International Development Agencies (IDAs) are using Political Economy Analysis (PEA) both as formal evaluations and more informally as ongoing practices of engagement and relationship building to inform IDA practices in parti

Donors, development agencies and the use of political economic analysis: getting to grips with the politics of development?

Working paper 19 Download pdf Laura Routley and David Hulme Abstract This paper examines the take up of Political Economic Analysis (PEA) tools and approaches by development agencies. It charts the emergence of PEA, reviews the embryonic literature on this phenomenon and asks whether