Effective States and Inclusive Development

Why state capacity matters for the post-2015 development agenda and how we should measure it

Briefing No. 4 As the international community debates the post-2015 development goals, there is an increasing realisation that governance is fundamental. Recent research shows that the capacity of the state to deliver on a wide range of development outcomes is vital for governance to

Dr Pablo Yanguas

Role Pablo Yanguas is Research Fellow at the Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) research centre, where he leads research on public sector reform and political-economy analysis. He is also currently working as PEA and Research Adviser to DFID’s Strengthening Action

Professor Kunal Sen

Role Kunal Sen is Professor of Development Economics and Policy at the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester, and Joint Research Director of the ESID research centre. Research Kunal’s current research is on the political economy determinants of inclusive develop

The impact of ethnicity on state capacity

Objective The aim of this project is to arrive at some general theoretical formulations about the influence of ethnicity on state capacity, by identifying and developing distinct causal mechanisms through which ethnicity shapes the ability of states to pursue their projects. Research

Building state capacity for inclusive development: The politics of public sector reform

Working paper 25 Download pdf Badru Bukenya and Pablo Yanguas Abstract A capable state is essential for inclusive development, and throughout the developing world governments and international development agencies are seeking to build it through a multifaceted agenda of Public Sector

Are service-delivery NGOs building state capacity in the global South? Experiences from HIV/AIDS programmes in rural Uganda

Working paper 22 Download pdf Badru Bukenya Abstract Service-delivery NGOs are often attacked for abandoning the pursuit of ‘alternative development’ in favour of ‘technocratic’ and ‘depoliticised’ forms of development. Yet some commentators argue that these organisations, through the

The political economy of implementing the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in India

Working paper 15 Download pdf Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay Abstract This paper focuses on four selected questions. (1) How does local political competition and the characteristics of the elected officials matter for the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS)

Co-producing ineffective states: social knowledge, social policy and social citizenship in Africa and in development

Working paper 14 Download pdf Maia Green Abstract This paper explores the links between social knowledge, social policy and state forms in Sub-Saharan Africa. Its central argument is that the capacities of states to establish inclusive welfare regimes (Gough et al 2004) for citizens a

Measurement and evolution of state capacity: exploring a lesser known aspect of governance

Working paper 10 Download pdf Antonio Savoia and Kunal Sen Abstract This paper offers an overview of the strengths and limitations in current empirical research on the measurement of state capacity. The paper also surveys the fast emerging literature on the determinants and effects of

The politics of aid revisited: a review of evidence on state capacity and elite commitment

Working paper 7 Download pdf Arjan de Haan, Ward Warmerdam Abstract Based on a systematic review of the impacts of aid on both state capacity for, and elite commitment to, sustainable development,we conclude that a better understanding of the impact of aid has the potential to directl