Effective States and Inclusive Development

From Phase 1 to Phase 2: Our progress so far

26 April 2017 Dr Pablo Yanguas Why do inequalities persist over time? How do elite interests shape developmental trajectories? When are the poor and vulnerable included in policymaking? At ESID we’re devoted to understanding the politics behind development puzzles. As we turn 5 

FINDINGS: How Uganda’s political settlement is impeding PSRs

The Ugandan state presents an interesting puzzle for advocates of public sector reforms (PSRs). Though it has been subjected to several waves of reforms over the last three decades, these have generally not translated into progressive changes in how the central government functions. I

The politics of natural resource extraction in Zambia

Working paper 80 Download pdf Marja Hinfelaar and Jessica Achberger Moving beyond the mantra that ‘politics matters’, a range of conceptual approaches have recently emerged within international development thinking that seek to capture the specific ways in which politics shapes develo

Big media for BIGD event in Bangladesh

2 March 2017 Our recent policy workshop with leading Bangladesh experts on growth, education, health and women’s empowerment has received lots of coverage in the Bangladesh media. Here are some photos of the event and links to articles in the English and Bangla press. Read more

Competitive clientelism and the politics of core public sector reform in Ghana

Working paper 82 Download pdf Daniel Appiah and Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai Although Ghana has implemented several donor-sponsored public sector reforms (PSRs) in an attempt to improve core areas of state functionality, the impact of such reforms remains generally disappointing. In this pape

The politics of negotiating gender equity in Bangladesh

Working paper 76 Download pdf Sohela Nazneen and Rezwan Masud In Bangladesh there is a paradox when it comes to securing gender-inclusive development outcomes. Since 1991, women have occupied the highest political office and women’s presence is increasing, due to the existence of gend

Leadership, stakeholders and learner performance in four Western Cape schools

Working paper 61 Download pdf Ursula Hoadley, Brian Levy, Lawule Shumane and Shelly Wilburn Abstract This paper explores some micro-level governance and political economy determinants of performance over time in four schools in low-income areas in the Cape Town metropolitan area. The

The politics of promoting social protection in Zambia

Working paper 75 Download pdf Kate Pruce and Sam Hickey The rise of the social protection agenda in Zambia over the past few years seems in some ways to fit with mainstream accounts of how welfare states are likely to emerge in developing countries, particularly in terms of the links

The Politics of Inclusive Development – ESID book is now open access

10 January 2017 The Politics of Inclusive Development was recently described by Edward S. Mason Professor of International Development, emerita, Harvard Kennedy School, Merilee Grindle as “essential reading for anyone seeking to understand why politics matters”. We’r

Corporate social responsibility and political settlements in the mining sector in Ghana, Zambia and Peru

Working paper 74 Download pdf Tomas Frederiksen This paper explores and compares the political effects of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the mining sector in Zambia, Ghana and Peru. The paper adopts a political settlements approach to answer the question: How do the CSR prac