Effective States and Inclusive Development

FINDINGS: How Uganda’s political settlement is impeding PSRs

The Ugandan state presents an interesting puzzle for advocates of public sector reforms (PSRs). Though it has been subjected to several waves of reforms over the last three decades, these have generally not translated into progressive changes in how the central government functions. I

Spotlight on an ESID expert – Research Associate Eleni Sifaki

  2 February 2017 Eleni Sifaki recently joined ESID as a Research Associate and is currently focusing on our women’s empowerment research. Here she tells us more about her life and work.   What were you doing before joining ESID? Before joining ESID I completed my PhD

WATCH: Sarah Nandudu on the factors behind TSUPU’s success

Sarah Nandudu, Vice President at National Slum Dwellers Federation, Uganda, identifies key factors behind the success of ESID’s Transforming Settlements of the Urban Poor in Uganda (TSUPU) programme. The presentation took place at our research reflections workshop at the Ministr

ESID academics co-producing knowledge with informal settlement residents

By Diana Mitlin 12 January 2017 In December a team from ESID visited Uganda to share the outcomes of research on TSUPU: the Transforming Settlements of the Urban Poor Programme. In the first in a series of blogs on this innovative research on urban poverty in Uganda, Diana reflects on

WATCH: Why are local government committed to reducing urban poverty in Uganda?

5 July 2016 One of the questions that Sophie King is researching is what shapes commitment to reducing urban poverty in Uganda. In this video, Sophie outlines a crucial emerging finding about what drives commitment amongst technical officials at a local level:  

WATCH: Introducing our research on urban poverty in Uganda

Diana Mitlin and Sophie King talk about their collaborative research on the needs of disadvantaged groups in cities across Uganda. How can local government ensure that local communities have the authority they need to design programmes that work for them?

Co-producing knowledge about government vision, commitment and capacity to reduce urban poverty in Uganda

  28 June 2016 By Sophie King in conversation with Katana Goretti, Peter Kasaija and Silver Owere In the first of a series of blogs about our research on urban poverty in Uganda, Sophie King talks about the project’s inclusive research process and methodology: In January 20

Optimistic rebels vs. the anti-politics machine

29 February 2016 Chris Lyon The secret has been out the bag for a while now. Time was when the very mention of the words ‘inequality’, ‘distribution’, ‘power’, or, God forbid, ‘state’ in polite development conversation would see canapés dropped in shock and waiters scurrying to fetch

Hoping for the best, preparing for the worst

  17 February 2016   Our Ugandan researcher and journalist, Angelo Izama, on the tensions leading up to the elections in Uganda   The streets of the capital city, Kampala, have emptied. At the offices of an independent news magazine, the managers are pondering. A day be

Why is domestic violence legislation falling short in Uganda?

25 November 2015  By Josephine Ahikire and Amon Mwiine In the current discourse on women and policymaking,  there seems to be waning optimism, especially around an apparent paradox:  on the one hand, women have made inroads into important political and policymaking spaces, whereas on