Effective States and Inclusive Development

WATCH: Benjamin Chemouni on the state of things in Burundi

ESID researcher Benjamin Chemouni comments below on the current political climate in Burundi, which has been in a state of violent crisis following President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial decision to run for a third term in 2015. Since Nkurunziza’s subsequent re-election, ma

The politics of promoting social cash transfers in Uganda

Working paper 69 Download pdf Sam Hickey and Badru Bukenya In 2015 the Government of Uganda agreed to start rolling out a social pension programme across the country and to increase its own financial contribution to this. This outcome was largely driven by the decade-long and highly p

The political determinants of miracle growth in Rwanda

Dr Pritish Behuria and Dr Tom Goodfellow 11 November, 2016 To understand why growth is sustained in some developing countries and not in others, we need to understand the politics of those countries. That much we know. Or at least, there was an ‘almost revolution‘ to bring

Understanding elite commitment to social protection: Rwanda’s Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme

Working paper 68 Download pdf Tom Lavers This paper examines the political economy of Rwanda’s Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme (VUP) and argues that strong government commitment to the VUP has been shaped by the specific characteristics of the political settlement that was established

LISTEN: Subhasish Dey asks ‘Is partisan alignment electorally rewarding?’

ESID researcher Subhasish Dey recently delivered the below presentation, ‘Is partisan alignment electorally rewarding? Evidence from village council elections in India’ at the DSA. The presentation is based on working paper 63, which he co-wrote with ESID Research Director

LISTEN: Author of Why Nations Fail James Robinson tells us what he thinks of our findings

7 October 2016 In part two of our podcasts on ESID’s story so far, James Robinson gives his opinion on our findings and how they relate to his work with Daron Acemoglu. Hear what he has to say:

LISTEN: The story so far – a podcast on ESID’s findings

Leading ESID researchers Sam Hickey, Sohela Nazneen and Kunal Sen present ESID’s findings so far..

WATCH: Seminal author James Robinson at DSA on why we need to focus more on the micro

James Robinson, author of Why Nations Fail, argues that politics of development research needs to move from the macro to the micro, focusing on the subnational level and how this links to the national:

Scalar politics and transnational governance innovations: A political settlements lens on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in the Andes

Working paper 66 Download pdf Anthony Bebbington, Elisa Arond and Juan Luis Dammert The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) originated in the international domain but can only operate if adopted at a national scale. How EITI unfolds in a particular country is thus a c

Two cheers for the (draft) 2017 Governance and the Law World Development Report

Brian Levy 21 September 2016 This post first appeared on Brian’s blog Working with the Grain. The 2017 WDR (temporarily made available last week in draft form as an ‘almost-final’ public preview) is a landmark document for the development community. Historically, the point of de