Effective States and Inclusive Development

Spotlight on an ESID Researcher: Tim Kelsall

 24 June 2016 Tell us a bit about your background I grew up in Manchester, went to university in Oxford and London, and now work for the Overseas Development Institute in London. Before that I had jobs at Oxford and Newcastle universities, and I also worked as a freelance consultant.

The political economy of primary education reform in Cambodia

Working paper 58 Download pdf Tim Kelsall, Sothy Khieng, Chuong Chantha and Tieng Tek Muy Abstract This paper examines the quality of primary education provision in Cambodia using a ‘political settlements’ framework developed at the University of Manchester. The framework characterise

WATCH: Takeaways from Rockefeller Centre on what’s exciting about the political settlement framework

Badru Bukeyna & Abdul Gafaru Abdulai nearly get run over by a robot lawnmower…And talk about their takeaways from ESID’s Bellagio conference!

Rockefeller Centre Live Vlog: Day 3 – Reflections from Prof. Brian Levy on how far we’ve come

Professor Brian Levy of John Hopkins University reflects on how far we’ve travelled towards investigating how politics matters for development:

Upcoming event: Going beyond ‘politics matters’ – ESID’s approach and findings

    3 June 2016 On 6 July, our Research Director, Professor Sam Hickey will deliver a lecture at Australian National University on ESID’s approach and findings: “Going beyond ‘politics patters’ in international development”. Here’s an outl

The role and responsibility of foreign aid in recipient political settlements

10 May 2016 Pablo Yanguas’ recent ESID working paper acknowledges that foreign aid is a major transnational influence in many developing countries, and examines the ethical issues this raises for aid practitioners. The paper makes three contributions. First, it reshapes the concept of

ESID at the Development Studies Association Conference

    19th April 2016   The Global Development Institute are taking a lead role in convening seven panels at the annual Development Studies Association conference, including panels convened by ESID’s Pablo Yanguas, Kunal Sen and Sam Hickey. This exciting conference 

Political settlements approach to extractive industries in Eastern Africa

Marja Hinfelaar 15 April 2016   In February, I presented some of our ESID research findings on the politics of natural resources extraction to a UN Economic Commission for Africa meeting on ‘Institutions, decentralization and structural transformation in Eastern Africa’, held in

The role and responsibility of foreign aid in recipient political settlements

Working paper 56 Download pdf Pablo Yanguas Abstract Political settlements analysis has highlighted the role of powerful political and economic actors in shaping institutional outcomes across countries. Its focus on national elites, however, risks biasing this type of theorising towar

In it to win it? How powerful political elites manipulate education resources in Ghana

11 January 2016    ESID’s Abdul Gafaru Abdulai and Sam Hickey have just published their article on Ghana’s political settlement in The Journal of African Affairs. Here is a a summary of their findings:     Initial hopes that democratisation would improve prospect