Effective States and Inclusive Development

The ‘big stuck’ in state capability and premature load bearing: Some new evidence

9 August 2019 Lant Pritchett   This post was first published on Harvard’s State Capacity Blog.   In the book Building State Capability one of the explanations of the very slow progress shown in acquiring effective and capability administration in developing countries w

The rise of the economic technocracy in Rwanda: A case of a bureaucratic pocket of effectiveness or state-building prioritisation?

Working paper 120 Download pdf Benjamin Chemouni The Rwandan Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN) is recognised as the most effective organisation in the Rwandan state. The objective of the paper is to understand the organisational and political factors influencing MI

Doing business in a deals world: The doubly false premise of rules reform

Working paper 123 Download pdf Sabyasachi Kar,  Lant Pritchett,  Spandan Roy  and Kunal Sen The World Bank’s Doing Business reports have evoked an intense policy debate about whether countries should simplify regulatory rules, in order to stimulate investment and growth, or make them

The shifting fortunes of the economic technocracy in Uganda: Caught between state-building and regime survival?

Working paper 121 Download pdf Badru Bukenya and Sam Hickey Uganda’s impressive levels of economic growth over most of the past three decades have often been linked to the performance of its economic technocracy, particularly the government’s high-powered Ministry of Finance, Economic

The challenge of sustaining a professional civil service amidst shifting political coalitions: The case of the Ministry of Finance in Zambia, 1991-2018

Working paper 122 Download pdf Marja Hinfelaar and Justine Sichone Zambia experienced a decade of strong economic growth from 2004 to 2014, averaging 7.4 percent a year. This growth has been linked, first and foremost, to the rise of copper prices and international debt relief, but al

EVENT – Discussion on ESID’s findings at University of Cape Town

If you are able to be in Cape Town this Thursday, don’t miss the opportunity to join our leading researchers, Prof Sam Hickey, Dr Tim Kelsall and Prof Brian Levy, for a presentation and discussion on: ‘How politics, development and state effectiveness interact – main findi

Effective states reduce poverty faster

  10th October 2018 Antonio Savoia and M. Niaz Asadullah     Can poverty be eradicated is the biggest question for development. Progress in poverty reduction was a central success with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): estimates suggest that as many as one billion peo

“Outstanding” research in prestigious article collection by World Development

20 September 2018 An article in World Development based on an ESID working paper on poverty reduction and the MDGs has been selected for an article collection of five papers that have a fundamental connection to the goals of sustainability and development. This outstanding research by

Understanding the contribution of the BSUP (JNNURM) to inclusive cities in India

Working paper 97 Download pdf Sundar Burra, Diana Mitlin and Gayatri Menon with Indu Agarwal, Preeti Banarse, Sharmila Gimonkar, Maria Lobo, Sheela Patel, Vinodkumar Rao and Monali Waghmare The Basic Services for the Urban Poor (BSUP) sub-Mission of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban

Poverty reduction during 1990-2013: Did Millennium Development Goals adoption and state capacity matter?

Working paper 93 Download pdf M. Niaz Asadullah and Antonio Savoia While poverty reduction remains central in the Post-2015 Agenda, its determinants remain debated in the literature, especially the role of structural conditions related to governance. This paper provides an assessment