Effective States and Inclusive Development

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,


  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

Productivist social protection in Ethiopia’s ‘developmental state’

    12 June 2019 Tom Lavers   Two recent ESID papers published in African Affairs and Social Science and Medicine (both open access) analyse the political drivers of Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP), one of the largest social assistance programmes in Af

PODCAST – Dr Tom Lavers presents: The politics of distribution in Ethiopia’s ‘developmental state’

19 March 2019   Social protection expert Dr Tom Lavers gives a presentation to The African Studies Centre at The University of Oxford.    

The politics of distributing social transfers in Ethiopia

 5 March 2019       ESID researcher Dr Tom Lavers is currently in Ethiopia disseminating our work on social protection. This presentation was delivered in Addis Ababa to donors, on the variation in the targeting of the Productive Safety Net Programme – the PSNP    

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