Effective States and Inclusive Development

Dr Vinothan Naidoo

Role Dr Vinothan Naidoo is a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Administration at the University of Cape Town (SA). Research Dr Naidoo’s research spans various topics related to South Africa’s public sector. This includes public sector reform, political-administrative re

Prof Alan Hirsch

Role Alan Hirsch is a Professor and Director of the Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice at the University of Cape Town. Research Policy and sustainable growth in Africa, specifically South Africa and Zambia. Alan is a co-author with Brian Levy and Ingrid Woolard on a pa

Professor Jeremy Seekings

Role Jeremy Seekings is Professor of Political Studies and Sociology and Director at the Centre for Social Science Research (CSSR) at the University of Cape Town. He is also a visiting professor at the Macmillan Centre for International and Area Studies at Yale. Jeremy has contributed

Professor Robert Cameron

Role Robert Cameron is a professor in the department of political studies at the University of Cape Town. He is currently working with Brian Levy on ESID’s education project in South Africa. Research Robert’s research interests include performance management, public sector

What have academics to offer to the challenge of equity, justice and inclusion?

13 May 2014. By Diana Mitlin. After three-and-a-half days of sitting in central Cape Town, what have I learnt about a core underpinning assumption of ESID, i.e. that academics can contribute to inclusive development? It is relatively easy to understand what academics have to offer to

ESID Mid-Term Workshop: Live blogging from Cape Town

27 April 2014. By Pablo Yanguas. Over 40 ESID researchers have converged on Cape Town in the last 24 hours. They come from South Africa, Ghana, Uganda, Malawi, India, Bangladesh, Spain, the United States and the United Kingdom. Their mission – should they choose to accept it 

The political economy of agency-level governance and performance in South Africa: a preliminary round of comparative case studies

Objectives The goals of this project are two-fold: to explain why individual public agencies perform the way they do; and in light of that explanation, to suggest possible ways of improving agency performance in specific country contexts.   Cases Three South African infrastructur

The provision of basic education in South Africa: Institutional and political challenges

Objectives Describe the de facto patterns of the governance of the teaching resource (with specific attention to their differences from the de jure formal rules); Explain why these de facto patterns take the form they do (with a focus on the interactions between institutions and polit

Delivering effective social assistance: does politics matter?

Working paper 9 Download pdf Armando Barrientos and Sony Pellissery Abstract The paper examines the significance of politics in the rise of social assistance programmes in developing countries in the last decade. It finds this is a two-way process. Politics is crucial to the adoption,