Effective States and Inclusive Development

The political challenge of turning transnational social protection goals into effective national policy coalitions

30 September 2015 Earlier this month at the Development Studies Association meeting, ESID researchers working on our social protection project presented preliminary evidence from Zambia, Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya. With the diffusion of social protection policies across Africa driven la

How the centralised politics of education improve access but neglect quality

8 September 2015 Researchers working on ESID’s education project presented their comparative findings at the Development Studies Association meeting taking place in Bath this week. Using primary research from Bangladesh, Rwanda, Ghana and Uganda, the team found that access to ed

Video: Emerging findings on gender

30 July 2015 We recently caught up with Professor Sohela Nazneen, the Effective States gender project lead, to discuss the emerging findings. Read more of the gender project research here.

Researcher spotlight: William Muhumuza

8 May 2015. Role Professor William Muhumuza is a researcher for ESID working on the politics of regional inequality in sub-Saharan Africa research project, focusing on Uganda. He teaches in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Makerere University, Uganda, w

Researching the political economy of social protection in Africa

30 March 2015 By Tom Lavers When and why do states take a direct interest in the welfare of their populations? What types of state introduce social policies and which ones are capable of delivering on these commitments? Research on the politics of social policy in Europe, the US, Lati

Social accountability or social transformation? Working ‘with’ and ‘against’ the grain

06 March 2015 By Sophie King Social accountability has become an important ‘buzzword’ among development actors seeking to understand the forms of state-society relations that may be supportive of better public services. Malena and McNeil (2010: 1) define it as: ‘the broad range of act

Building democracy from below in Uganda

4 March 2015 As much ESID research further attests, despite the widespread adoption of democratic institutions and increased economic growth in much of sub-Saharan Africa, the progress of democratisation and development remains heavily constrained by the persistence of neopatrimonial

Undertaking PSR research in Uganda

2 March 2015 By Badru Bukenya. Research projects that rely on elite/expert interviews with government bureaucrats and politicians are quite cumbersome to execute (Lilleker, 2003; Morris, 2009), particularly in developing country contexts. In Uganda most bureaucrats would prioritise ac

What does ESID’s new gendered political settlements framework offer feminist analysis?

7 November 2014 By Sophie King. Political settlements analysis has been largely gender blind and, as Professor Sylvia Tamale noted at a recent Gender and Political Settlements workshop in Kampala, can read like Ancient Greek to even the most experienced feminist scholars. So what does

How should Uganda grow?

14 March 2014. ESID’s new working paper answers the question “How should Uganda grow?” Authors Ricardo Hausmann, Brad Cunningham, John Matovu, Rosie Osire and Kelly Wyett use product-space analysis that, in light of the country’s structural trends and productiv