Effective States and Inclusive Development

When a ‘ruling alliance’ and public sector governance meet: Managing for performance in South African basic education

Working paper 60 Download pdf Robert Cameron and Vinothan Naidoo Abstract This paper is one of a series of ESID studies that explore the extent to which the performance of schools can be explained as an outcome of the interactions between, on the one hand, the prevailing political dyn

Governance and inequality: Benchmarking and interpreting South Africa’s evolving political settlement

Working paper 51 Download pdf Brian Levy, Alan Hirsch and Ingrid Woolard Abstract Has South Africa’s political settlement provided a constructive platform for successfully addressing the country’s deep-seated economic challenges in an inclusive way? Or is it increasingly consolidating

Professor Brian Levy

Role Brian Levy  is Professor of the Practice of International Development, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC and Academic Director, Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, University of Cape Town. Brian leads the ESID South Africa

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