Effective States and Inclusive Development

Rethinking elite commitment to social protection in Ghana: Insights from an adapted political settlements approach

Working paper 112 Download pdf Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai This paper explores the political economy drivers of Ghana’s flagship cash transfer programme, Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP). In contrast to existing accounts of the LEAP as a domestically driven cash transfer scheme,

The political prioritisation of welfare in India: Comparing the Public Distribution System in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand

Working paper 111 Download pdf Vasudha Chhotray, Anindita Adhikari and Vidushi Bahuguna The idea of state responsibility for ensuring food security has gained ground, with strong popular mobilisations for the Right to Food around the world; but important variations prevail, both in th

Social protection in an electorally competitive environment (2): The politics of health insurance in Tanzania

Working paper 110 Download pdf Rasmus Hundsbæk Pedersen and Thabit Jacob This paper analyses the introduction and expansion of health insurance schemes in Tanzania. Health insurances were introduced around year 2000 as part of a more general health reform process aimed at improving ac

Social protection in an electorally competitive environment (1): The politics of Productive Social Safety Nets (PSSN) in Tanzania

Working paper 109 Download pdf Thabit Jacob and Rasmus Hundsbæk Pedersen Social protection has become a more important part of social service delivery in Tanzania over the last couple of decades. This paper analyses the politics behind the making and implementation of the Productive S

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