Effective States and Inclusive Development

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

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

Why countries need better social protection programmes — rich or not

Lean Alfred Santos 10 August 2016   This blog was first published on Devex.com An investment commitment in the right social protection programmes can help countries to leap over others if they decide it’s a priority. But it’s essential to ensure social protection init

Crises and social protection in Ethiopia: New challenges, new opportunities?

Dr Tom Lavers 12 April 2016 ESID research on the politics of social protection shows that crises have been central drivers of social protection expansion in Ethiopia, and elsewhere. Today, Ethiopia is rocked by further challenges: the most severe El Niño in decades, leading to a food

Report from the UNU-WIDER symposium on ‘The Political Economy of Social Protection in Developing Countries’ – Mexico City

     25 February 2016 Kate Pruce   The sculpture below in Mexico City is called ‘El Ángel de la Securidad Social’ (The Angel of Social Security) and was created by Jorge Marín in 2013 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro So

Spotlight on an ESID researcher: Indrajit Roy

17 February 2016 What is your educational background? My first degree was in history, from the University of Delhi. Then I did a Masters in Social Work, which as a subject in India is closer to Development Studies. I then worked with international NGOs in India for several years, espe

LISTEN: A podcast on our latest findings on social protection in Africa

15 Janaury 2016   Our social protection researchers Dr Tom Lavers, Professor Sam Hickey and Dr Anna McCord deliver a vital talk on their latest findings on social protection in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Zambia, and their implications for policy.