The Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) Research Centre is a global partnership investigating the kinds of politics that promote development.
Funded by DFID, our research spans 26 countries and we have research partners in Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and the USA.
ESID is deepening the understanding of governance in the developing world in ways that impact on policy and practice so that people’s lives and livelihoods are improved.
We are helmed at the Global Development Institute (GDI), Europe’s largest global poverty and inequality institute.
Our overarching research question is:
“What kinds of politics can help to secure inclusive development, and how can these be promoted?”
Our three central research questions are:
- What capacities enable states to help deliver inclusive development?
- What shapes elite commitment to delivering inclusive development and state effectiveness?
- Under what conditions do developmental forms of state capacity and elite commitment emerge and become sustained? In particular, what role do power relations and ideas play here?
Watch ESID CEO David Hulme explain the project:
Download Effective States and Inclusive Development: An Introduction (pdf).