Effective States and Inclusive Development

When a ‘ruling alliance’ and public sector governance meet: Managing for performance in South African basic education

Working paper 60 Download pdf Robert Cameron and Vinothan Naidoo Abstract This paper is one of a series of ESID studies that explore the extent to which the performance of schools can be explained as an outcome of the interactions between, on the one hand, the prevailing political dyn

Lessons from India’s Basic Services for the Urban Poor programme

Briefing No. 13 This briefing presents research into the effectiveness of India’s Basic Services for the Urban Poor (BSUP) programme. It examines the implementation of BSUP in five different Indian cities. Security of tenure, universalised services and institutionalised communit

Universal access to sanitation requires a revolution in understanding

28 September 2015 By Professor Diana Mitlin, who leads the ESID project on urban poverty in India. Goal 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) makes a clear commitment to universal access to sanitation: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for

Professor Brian Levy

Role Brian Levy is the Academic Director of the Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice at the University of Cape Town (SA), and Professor of the Practice of International Development at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University (US). Brian lead

Paths to development: Is there a Bangladesh surprise?

15 January 2015 [5 December 2014 original post]. By Niaz Asadullah and Antonio Savoia. Bangladesh’s economy has recorded remarkable economic performance in the new millennium, though its per capita income has remained low. Even more spectacular has been the steady improvement in its l

The National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in Rajasthan: Rationed funds and their allocation across villages

Working paper 35 Download pdf Himanshu, Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay and M. R. Sharan Abstract The performance of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) in Rajasthan has been a matter of debate, both for its stupendous performance in the initial years of the scheme, but also

The political economy of inclusive healthcare in Cambodia

Working paper 43 Download pdf Tim Kelsall and Seiha Heng Over the past 15 years, Cambodia has made significant strides in expanding effective access to free healthcare for poor people, thanks largely to ‘Health Equity Funds’ (HEFs), a multi-stakeholder health-financing mechanism. HEF

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

Researching the politics of service provision: A new conceptual and methodological approach

Briefing No. 8 Research Framing Paper No. 2 Although politics is now widely seen as critical in shaping the quality of service provision in developing countries, this recognition has yet to be integrated within the conceptual frameworks that shape research and action in the field. A n

Ghana’s political settlement undermines prospects for economic transformation

13 August 2014. By Kojo Pumpuni Asante, Franklin Oduro & Awal Mohammed. On 1st August 2014, the Government of Ghana (GoG) announced that it would approach the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for assistance to help stabilise the economy. For watchers of Ghana, this decision is lo