Effective States and Inclusive Development

State infrastructural power and social transfers: The local politics of distribution and delivering ‘progress’ in Ethiopia

Working paper 147 Download pdf Tom Lavers This paper examines the politics of implementing the PSNP in Ethiopia. The PSNP is a targeted food and cash-for-work programme that places a strong emphasis on its ‘productive’ contribution through public works, a livelihoods component and the

Covid-19 and the Politics of Social Protection

    11 May 2020 Tom Lavers   Social protection has already and will continue to be key to the response to Covid-19. ESID has been conducting research on the politics of social protection in Africa and South Asia over the past five years. Here, leading expert on social p

The politics of distributing social transfers in Oromiya, Ethiopia: Encadrement and the fluctuation of state infrastructural power

Working paper 142 Download pdf Tom Lavers, Dunyat Haile and Yerosan Mesfin This paper examines the politics of distributing the Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) in Ethiopia’s Oromiya region. Drawing on detailed case studies in Arssi and North Shewa, the paper highlights the impo

The politics of distributing social transfers in Afar, Ethiopia: The intertwining of party, state and clan in the periphery

Working paper 141 Download pdf Tom Lavers, Dawud Mohammed and Bisrat Wolde Selassie This paper examines the politics of distributing social transfers in Ethiopia’s Afar region. Two detailed case studies are used to examine the role of state infrastructural power and party politics in

NEW OPEN ACCESS JOURNAL ARTICLE: The politics of promoting social cash transfers in Uganda: The potential and pitfalls of ‘thinking and working politically’

          16 March 2020 Sam Hickey and Badru Bukenya have published on their research into the politics of promoting social cash transfers in Uganda in Development Policy Review. The article has fascinating findings and policy implications for the thinking and

Alternative routes to the institutionalisation of social transfers in sub-Saharan Africa: Political survival strategies and transnational policy coalitions

Working paper 138 Download pdf Tom Lavers and Sam Hickey The new phase of social protection expansion in the Global South remains poorly understood. Current interpretations use problematic evidence and analysis to emphasise the influence of elections and donor pressure on the spread o

Who should get what, how and why? DFID and the transnational politics of social cash transfers

Working paper 131 Download pdf Sam Hickey Jeremy Seekings The proliferation of social cash transfers (SCTs) across much of Africa has resulted from interactions between international organisations – including both UN and related organisations, the donor agencies of governments in the

Open access book: Read an extract from The Politics of Social Protection in Eastern and Southern Africa

21 November 2019 New, open access book on The Politics of Social Protection in Eastern and Southern Africa has been edited by ESID’s Sam Hickey, Tom Lavers, together with UNU-WIDER’S Miguel Niño-Zarazúa, and Jeremy Seekings of the University of Cape Town. The book challenges exi

PODCAST – Dr Kate Pruce with insights on her chapter in new social protection book

21 November 2019 We catch up with newly qualified Dr Kate Pruce for a unique insight into her chapter on the politics of promoting social cash transfers in Zambia in new open access book, The Politics of Social Protection in Eastern and Southern Africa. Looking beyond existing themes,

NEW OPEN ACCESS BOOK OUT TODAY

  14 November 2019 “This book, with its admirable combination of empirical substance and analytical clarity, is a landmark contribution that will guide discussion for many years to come.” James Ferguson, Stanford University.  We are delighted to announce the publicati