Effective States and Inclusive Development

The political economy of social protection in Mozambique

Working paper 103 Download pdf Lars Buur and Padil Salimo In the view of international donors, multilateral organisations and government officials, social protection in Mozambique benefits from strong government commitment to it. Their argument is that, in contrast to many African cou

Viewing the territorial reach of the Ethiopian state through the lens of social protection

    14 May 2018 Tom Lavers   A drive of little more than an hour from the eastern edge of Tigray into Afar serves to illustrate some of the many extremes of Ethiopia: a drop in altitude of more than 1,000m; an increase in temperature from the moderate (albeit far from M

EVENT – Seminars at UNRISD

12 December 2017 Today, the ESID team, including Tom Lavers, Sohela Nazneen and Sam Hickey, are at UNRISD in Geneva, presenting at two seminars: 9.15 – 16.00 – The political drivers of transformative and inclusive development: Examples from social policy and gender-egalita

LISTEN – Marion Ouma on power and the uptake of social protection in Kenya

2nd October 2017 Last month, Marion Ouma of the University of South Africa presented her excellent paper to the DSA Conference. Drawing from the nexus of policy transfer and Foucauldian perspective on power, the paper investigates the extent to which power relations determined the upt

LISTEN: Professor Lars Buur’s DSA paper on Social Protection in Mozambique

13th September 2017 We had a very interesting few days at the DSA Conference in Bradford last week and a highlight for ESID was Tom Lavers and Sam Hickey’s panel on Negotiating the Politics of Social Protection. In this podcast, Lars Buur, Associate Professor of Political Econom

The politics of scaling up social protection in Kenya

Working paper 87 Download pdf Fredrick Wanyama and Anna McCord This paper discusses the role of Kenya’s political settlement in the adoption and promotion of social protection, which has expanded significantly since 2003.  Analysis focuses on the interplay between the domestic politic

Social protection in Ethiopia

6 July 2017 On a recent visit to Addis Abada in Ethiopia, Tom Lavers presented his latest research on social protection and Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme. This is his presentation.        Read the research on social protection in Ethiopia  

The social protection agenda within Zambia’s distributional regime

By Kate Pruce 8 February 2017 Although Zambia was reclassified by the World Bank as a middle-income country in 2011, poverty levels remain high, with 54.4% of the population living below the poverty line and over 40% in extreme poverty in 2015. The increased per capita gross national

The politics of promoting social protection in Zambia

Working paper 75 Download pdf Kate Pruce and Sam Hickey The rise of the social protection agenda in Zambia over the past few years seems in some ways to fit with mainstream accounts of how welfare states are likely to emerge in developing countries, particularly in terms of the links

Social protection in an aspiring ‘developmental state’: The political drivers of Ethiopia’s PSNP

Working paper 73 Download pdf Tom Lavers Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) is among the largest social protection programmes in Africa and has been promoted as a model for the continent. This paper analyses the political drivers of the programme, arguing that elite com