Effective States and Inclusive Development

Tim Williams’ education in Rwanda research published in World Development

Congratulations to ESID researcher Tim Williams, whose paper, ‘The political economy of primary education: Lessons from Rwanda’, has been published in the August issue of World Development. The paper draws on Tim’s research for ESID, as captured in Working Paper 64 &

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

Building effective states beyond competitive democracy in Ghana

 By Dr Daniel Appiah and Dr Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai 18 April 2017   It is widely accepted that the creation of impartial organisations is an important condition for spurring economic growth and development on a sustained basis. Democracy requires impartial enforcement of rules that

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

APSA2016: Building bridges between ESID and PoliSci

  Pablo Yanguas 19 August 2016     In two weeks I will be storming Philly’s city centre as part of the ESID contingent attending the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association. We are finally taking our framework and findings across the pond to have a

Our panel at the DSA Conference – The Politics of Public Sector Transformations

  Pablo Yanguas 16 August 2016     DSA 2016 is upon us, and if you are around Oxford on 12 September you might want to drop by our afternoon panel (2-5:30pm) on The Politics of Public Sector Transformations, which includes seven papers from senior and junior scholars on

Public sector reform in Rwanda is driven by a legitimation strategy

By Dr Benjamin Chemouni 13 May 2016 Benjamin is the country researcher for Rwanda in ESID’s project on comparative public sector reform in Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda. This project is centred on the political economy of reform in the sectors of public sector planning, civil servi

LISTEN: A podcast of our findings on public sector reform in Ghana

    A talk delivered at GIMPA in Ghana by ESID researchers Pablo Yanguas, Abdul Gafaru Abdulai and Daniel Appiah on public sector reform in Ghana  

The challenge of public sector reform in Ghana

By Pablo Yanguas 5 April 2016 Will legal reform be enough? How can regular people be involved in debates about effectiveness? Is there an African philosophy of the public sector that can succeed where Western models have failed? Can civil society act as a catalyst for change when poli

Will new governance approaches fix the public sector reform agenda?

14 March 2016 [Blog post excerpted from Yanguas & Bukenya (2016), ‘New’ approaches confront ‘old’ challengers in African public sector reform, Third World Quarterly 37 (1)] Public Sector Reform (PSR) is one of the central unsolved challenges of the developm