Effective States and Inclusive Development

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

The political settlement and ‘deals environment’ in Rwanda: Unpacking two decades of economic growth

Working paper 57 Download pdf Pritish Behuria and Tom Goodfellow Abstract This paper explores the political economy of growth in Rwanda during two decades of economic expansion under the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF). It builds on recent work emphasising the importance of party-owned

Dr Timothy Williams

Role Dr Timothy Williams is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; Adjunct Professor in Global Social Work at Boston College; and Researcher for ESID in Rwanda. Research Timothy’s research interests are in education, childhood studies, in

“Agaciro” the Kinyarwanda word for dignity. Ideas of self-reliance in Rwanda

20 November 2015 By Anna Webster At ESID we’re interested in the role of ideas in shaping development. To understand which ideas are salient in particular countries, it helps if you are close to the ground. Our researcher Frederick Golooba-Mutebi spends half his time in Rwanda a

The political challenge of turning transnational social protection goals into effective national policy coalitions

30 September 2015 Earlier this month at the Development Studies Association meeting, ESID researchers working on our social protection project presented preliminary evidence from Zambia, Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya. With the diffusion of social protection policies across Africa driven la

How the centralised politics of education improve access but neglect quality

8 September 2015 Researchers working on ESID’s education project presented their comparative findings at the Development Studies Association meeting taking place in Bath this week. Using primary research from Bangladesh, Rwanda, Ghana and Uganda, the team found that access to ed

Video: Emerging findings on gender

30 July 2015 We recently caught up with Professor Sohela Nazneen, the Effective States gender project lead, to discuss the emerging findings. Read more of the gender project research here.

Researching the political economy of social protection in Africa

30 March 2015 By Tom Lavers When and why do states take a direct interest in the welfare of their populations? What types of state introduce social policies and which ones are capable of delivering on these commitments? Research on the politics of social policy in Europe, the US, Lati

Dr Tom Lavers

Role Tom is a Lecturer in Politics and Development at the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester and lead researcher for the ESID project, ‘The political economy of social protection expansion in Africa’. Research Tom’s research interests concern the changing nature of

Why such a commitment to public sector reform in Rwanda?

By Dr Benjamin Chemouni 17 February 2015 The case of public sector reforms in Rwanda is apparently exceptional. As mentioned already in the blog post presenting ESID’s Public Sector Reform project, Rwanda is an outlier in terms of state effectiveness compared to the other case studies