Effective States and Inclusive Development

The problem with teachers: the political settlement and education quality reforms in Bangladesh

Working paper 86 Download pdf Naomi Hossain, Mirza Hassan, Md Ashikur Rahman, Khondoker Shakhawat Ali and M. Sajidul Islam   Why has Bangladesh failed to raise quality in basic education when it successfully expanded school provision? This paper explores this problem through anal

School governance in a fragmented political and bureaucratic environment: Case studies from South Africa’s Eastern Cape province

Working paper 84 Download pdf Brian Levy and Lawule Shumane This paper explores governance dynamics in four case study schools in low-income communities in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. A main aim is to identify empirically the causal mechanisms through which horizontal, schoo

The governance of basic education in the Eastern Cape

Working paper 83 Download pdf Zukiswa Kota, Monica Hendricks, Eric Matambo and Vinothan Naidoo The Eastern Cape province experienced extensive governmental re-organisation following South Africa’s 1994 democratic transition. This entailed significant structural consolidation in the pr

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 &

Promoting urban poverty reduction in Uganda: Lessons for Slum-Dweller Federations

Briefing No. 26 The Transforming Settlements for the Urban Poor (TSUPU) Programme was formed in 2010 as a partnership between Shack/Slum Dwellers International, The National Slum Dwellers Federation of Uganda, The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and Cities Alliance. This par

Promoting urban poverty reduction in Uganda: Lessons from TSUPU municipalities

Briefing No. 25 The Transforming Settlements for the Urban Poor (TSUPU) Programme sought to align national, municipal and community urban development efforts, and include the poor in planning and decision-making processes. This has helped to bring about improved relationships and atti

Promoting urban poverty reduction: Lessons from Uganda

Briefing No. 24 Uganda has one of the highest urban growth rates in the world. An estimated 60 percent of Uganda’s urban population lives in informal settlements with a lack of access to tenure security, decent housing and basic services. This urban poverty has been reduced through th

Inclusion as political mobilisation: The political economy of quality education initiatives in Uganda

Working paper 65 Download pdf Anne Mette Kjær and Nansozi K. Muwanga Uganda has been successful in broadening access to education. However, this achievement has been undermined by low literacy and numeracy levels and high drop-out rates. A political settlement perspective sheds light

Oriented towards action: The political economy of primary education in Rwanda

Working paper 64 Download pdf Timothy P. Williams When it comes to the delivery of services to the poor, politics matter. This paper applies a political settlements framework to approach the study of primary education quality in Rwanda. In recent years, the government of Rwanda has re

The potential and limits of performance management: Improving basic education in the Western Cape

Working paper 62 Download pdf Robert Cameron and Brian Levy The focus of this paper is on the management and governance of education at provincial level – specifically on efforts to introduce performance management into education by the Western Cape Education Department (WCED), and th