Effective States and Inclusive Development

Political settlements approach to extractive industries in Eastern Africa

Marja Hinfelaar 15 April 2016   In February, I presented some of our ESID research findings on the politics of natural resources extraction to a UN Economic Commission for Africa meeting on ‘Institutions, decentralization and structural transformation in Eastern Africa’, held in

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

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

Kate Pruce

Role Kate is a PhD candidate at the Global Development Institute (GDI), The University of Manchester, and a researcher with ESID. Research Kate’s work investigates the politics of social protection, with a particular focus on the role of ideas in determining political commitment

The political economy of social protection expansion in Africa

Objectives This research analyses the political economy of social protection policy formulation and implementation in sub-Saharan Africa, with a view to explaining variation in national experiences. Cases Five countries have been selected for in-depth analysis, comprising three countr

Dr Marja Hinfelaar

Role Marja Hinfelaar is the Director of Research and Programs at the Southern African Institute for Policy and Research (SAIPAR) and lead researcher for ESID’s politics of natural resources project in Zambia. Marja is also an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at The University of

The politics of natural resources and inclusive development

Objective This project tracks the historical experience of countries with long-established histories of natural resource extraction in both Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. Cases Four countries are included in the study, two in Africa and two in Latin America. Ghana, Zambia, Peru