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Zambia’s response to COVID-19 Part 3: Rising infections and falling confidence amidst increased authoritarianism
Zambia’s response to COVID-19 Part 3: Rising infections and falling confidence amidst increased authoritarianism

Our ESID Zambia experts reveal the latest developments in the political response to Covid-19 in Zambia In a provocative piece in

What is political settlements analysis?
What is political settlements analysis?

14 September 2020 ESID experts Tim Kelsall and Sam Hickey provide a clear and essential guide to political settlements analysis.

The impact of Covid-19 on oil and gas producers in developing countries
The impact of Covid-19 on oil and gas producers in developing countries

 12 June 2020Farwa Sial  The global oil industry is experiencing major shocks as the Covid-19 pandemic endures. The challenge to the

PODCAST: The politics of domestic violence policy – Sohela Nazneen talks to Prof Diane Elson

6 February 2020         Listen to ESID researcher, Sohela Nazneen, in conversation with economist and gender specialist,

Acting together: Harnessing the power of the collective for reform

   Sohela Nazneen 19 December 2019 This blog features Sohela's ESID work on gender and was originally published by The

The 'big stuck' in state capability and premature load bearing: Some new evidence

9 August 2019 Lant Pritchett   This post was first published on Harvard's State Capacity Blog.   In the book

Can politics help explain persistently low education quality in Rwanda?
Can politics help explain persistently low education quality in Rwanda?

3 April 2019 Tim Williams Based on Dr William's research published in World Development, this post was originally featured as

Bangladesh is booming, but slide towards authoritarianism could burst the bubble

25 March 2019   M Niaz Asadullah & Antonio Savoia This post was first published in The Conversation    

Prof Sam Hickey on The UN Global Dispatches Podcast – How countries can avoid the resource curse
Prof Sam Hickey on The UN Global Dispatches Podcast – How countries can avoid the resource curse

 12 February 2018 Our Research Director, Professor Sam Hickey, is this week featured on The UN Global Dispatches Podcast. He talks

What are the limitations of working with the grain?

  17/1/19 Brian Levy     This post was first published on Brian's blog Working with the Grain When does

Global development post-2015: some reflections on convergence and what facilitates it

   Antonio Savoia and David Hulme explore what we know and what we should ask next about developmental convergence.  

WATCH – Benjamin Chemouni on pockets of effectiveness in Rwanda
WATCH – Benjamin Chemouni on pockets of effectiveness in Rwanda

7 August 2018 Watch our ESID researcher in Rwanda, Dr Benjamin Chemouni, on his new research into pockets of effectiveness

Viewing the territorial reach of the Ethiopian state through the lens of social protection
Viewing the territorial reach of the Ethiopian state through the lens of social protection

14 May 2018 Tom Lavers A drive of little more than an hour from the eastern edge of Tigray into Afar

Navigating the labyrinths of the 'deals' world

30 April 2018 Mirza Hassan and Selim Raihan What's responsible for the high and stable growth rate in Bangladesh?   

Not an ordinary speech: A reflection on the first speech of the new Prime Minster of Ethiopia

  23 April 2018 Amdissa Teshome An independent consultant and social science researcher, Amdissa Teshome reports from Addis Ababa with

On Labour Mobility, Economic Growth and Targeted Programmes

    29 March 2018 Lant Pritchett   For at least a couple of decades NGOs and others in developing

Ghana now has free senior high school education – but how do we ensure quality outcomes?
Ghana now has free senior high school education – but how do we ensure quality outcomes?

4 December 2017 Experts on the politics of education from  Ghana's Centre for Democratic Development, Mohammed Awal and Franklin Oduro investigate the

The reality of doing business in India

2 November 2017 Sabyasachi Kar is author of the insightful book The Political Economy of India's Growth Episodes with Kunal

Why have we seen so few developmental states?

  Kunal Sen 5th October 2017   The underlying political settlement within countries too often provides political elites with insufficient

Deals and Development

7 August 2017 Professor Sabyasachi Kar is a key contributer to ESID's work on the politics of economic growth. He has just

LISTEN: Sally Cawood discusses domestic violence in Bangladesh

GDI Phd candidate Sally Cawood talks about some of her observations during field work in Bangladesh. Read ESID research on

The politics of mining and the resource curse in Ghana

  Abdul Gafaru Abdulai 12 June 2017     Why are some mineral-dependent countries able to translate natural resource wealth