Researching the politics of development



Dr Badru Bukenya



Badru Bukenya is a lecturer at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration. He is also a Research Associate at ESID, the University of Manchester.


Badru’s research interests include civil society; the politics of service delivery; state and citizenship-building; and governance of natural resources.

ESID publications

S. Hickey, B. Bukenya and H. Matsiko (2021). ‘Pockets of effectiveness, political settlements and technopols in Uganda: From state-building to regime survival‘. ESID Working Paper No. 172. Manchester.

B. Bukenya (2020). ‘The politics of building effective water utilities in the Global South: A case of NWSC Uganda‘, ESID Working Paper No. 152. Manchester.
B. Bukenya and S. Hickey (2019). ‘The shifting fortunes of the economic technocracy in Uganda: Caught between state-building and regime survival? ESID Working Paper No. 121. Manchester.
B. Bukenya and F. Golooba-Mutebi (2019). ‘Political settlements and the delivery of maternal health services in rural Uganda‘, ESID Working Paper No. 113. Manchester.
B. Bukenya and W. Muhumuza (2017). ‘The politics of core public sector reform in Uganda: Behind the facade‘, ESID Working Paper No. 85. Manchester.
S. Hickey and B. Bukenya (2015). ‘The politics of promoting social cash transfers in Uganda‘, ESID Working Paper No. 69. Manchester.
Hickey, S. with Bukenya, B., Izama, A. and Kizito, W. (2015). ‘The political settlement and oil in Uganda‘, ESID Working Paper No. 48. Manchester.
Bukenya, B. and Yanguas, P. (2013). ‘Building state capacity for inclusive development. The politics of public sector reform‘. ESID Working Paper No. 25. Manchester.
Bukenya, B. (2013). ‘Are service-delivery NGOs building state capacity in the global South? Experiences from HIV/AIDS programmes in rural Uganda‘. ESID Working Paper No. 22. Manchester.

Other recent publications

Bukenya, B. (2017). ‘Are service‐delivery NGOs building state capacity in the Global South? Experiences from HIV/AIDS programmes in rural Uganda‘. Development Policy Review 36(1): 0378-0399.
Hickey. S., Sen, K. and Bukenya, B. (eds.) (2014). The Politics of Inclusive Development: Interrogating the Evidence. Oxford University Press.
Bukenya, B. and Hickey, S. (2014). ‘NGOs, civil society and development in Africa‘. In: Obadare, E. B. (ed.) Handbook of Civil Society in Africa. New York; London: Springer.

Further information

Find Badru via the University of Makerere website.