Effective States and Inclusive Development

World Bank: Strengthening governance top-of-mind for opinion leaders

In a recent blog for the World Bank Jing Guo, a member of the group’s Public Opinion Research Group, outlines the ways in which strengthening governance has climbed the agenda of opinion leaders in developing countries. The World Bank’s 2016 poll of more than 35,000 opinio

The ideational turn in development politics

2 May 2017 Dr Pablo Yanguas As we near completion of Phase 1 research (and gear up for 2.5 years of Phase 2), those of us involved in ESID’s theoretical synthesis feel pretty confident about the basic elements of our framework. Going beyond the somewhat simplistic readings of in

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