Effective States and Inclusive Development

Working with the grain: Brian Levy’s visit to Manchester

21 November 2014 ESID and Brooks World Poverty Institute are hosting Brian Levy, professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS and the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Development, for a public lecture and a PhD masterclass (see details below). Brian exemplifies the archetype of t

Post-conflict inclusion and elite pacts in Solomon Islands

8 October 2014. ESID‘s latest working paper explores how exclusive pacts become wider political settlements, using the recent post-conflict history of the Solomon Islands as an illustration. In “Post-conflict pacts and inclusive political settlements: Institutional perspec

The reality of the zero-aid budget in Malawi

24 September 2014 By Blessings Chinsinga. The new government of Malawi that was ushered into power following the 20 May  2014 elections started its tenure facing an ultimatum from donors: restore fiscal integrity or forget about the resumption of budgetary support that makes up as muc

Regional inequality and spending on education in Ghana: A political settlements approach

15 September 2014 By Pablo Yanguas. ESID’s latest working paper investigates why some of Ghana’s regions have had greater access than others to public spending on education, and uses this case to illustrate how elite politics – and, in particular, regional coalitions

Political settlements applied to urban development: 5 key questions

15 August 2014 By Kate Pruce and Pablo Yanguas. In July ESID hosted a small research workshop devoted to the question of whether and how the concept of ‘political settlements’ can be deployed to study urban poverty and development. Much of the discussion pivoted around pre

Women and constitutional reform: is a seat at the table enough?

12 June 2014. By Georgina Waylen. Georgina Waylen looks at the role women play in transitions to democracy and the end of conflict, describing the formal and informal ways in which women can and do engage in negotiations and political settlements. She points out these notable successe

Political settlements in post-conflict states: David Craig’s lessons from Cambodia and the Pacific

23 May 2014 By Kate Pruce. Current donor approaches to ‘successful transition’ in post-conflict states focus on institutional reforms, with the aim of creating an underlying settlement leading to strengthened security and democracy. However, this narrative simplicity disappears in any

Malawi elections: more economic discussion needed

Malawi goes to the polls on 20 May. We spoke to ESID researcher and economist Jonathan Said to get a sense of the issues ahead of the election. Said has been working in Malawi as an economist for three years. Malawi has recently been rocked by what’s termed “cashgate” – the biggest fi

Cape Town Live Blog: Day One – What’s the deal with political settlements?

28 April 2014. By Pablo Yanguas. Getting academics to agree on something is like herding cats; but cats too can sometimes surprise you. Day 1 of the ESID Midterm Workshop in Cape Town has highlighted many of the differences that we have in how much we get out of our core analytical fr

Richard Joseph argues against development without democracy in Africa (CDD Ghana)

7 April 2014. Last month our partners at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development hosted political scientist Richard Joseph (Northwestern University) for a talk in which he questioned the “revisionist” argument that high levels of economic growth require sacrificing som