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The political economy of primary education reform in Cambodia

Working paper 58 Download pdf Tim Kelsall, Sothy Khieng, Chuong Chantha and Tieng Tek Muy Abstract This paper examines the

How politics shapes the quality of education in Ghana

Briefing No. 17 Allocation of resources in Ghana's  education sector plays a political as well as a developmental role. Education is

In it to win it? How powerful political elites manipulate education resources in Ghana

11 January 2016    ESID's Abdul Gafaru Abdulai and Sam Hickey have just published their article on Ghana's political settlement

The politics of promoting gender equity in contemporary Uganda: Cases of the Domestic Violence Law and the policy on Universal Primary Education
The politics of promoting gender equity in contemporary Uganda: Cases of the Domestic Violence Law and the policy on Universal Primary Education

Working paper 55 Download pdf Josephine Ahikire and Amon A. Mwiine Abstract The paper looks at the ways in which

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

High quality education for national development

28 May 2015 By David Hulme. [Reposted from Development at Manchester] Education is still considered a key strategy for reducing

Regional inequality and spending on education in Ghana: A political settlements approach

15 September 2014 By Pablo Yanguas. ESID's latest working paper investigates why some of Ghana's regions have had greater access

Mapping the elites of development: a cross-national dataset of policy-makers' educational and professional backgrounds

Objective This project aims to generate valid and reliable data on the educational and professional background of key political and

The provision of basic education in South Africa: Institutional and political challenges

Objectives Describe the de facto patterns of the governance of the teaching resource (with specific attention to their differences from

Education in competitive clientelist contexts: Bangladesh and Ghana

Objective This project explores the politics of securing higher levels of capacity and commitment to delivering improved quality schooling. Cases

Why should I care about economic growth?
Why should I care about economic growth?

Director of UNU-WIDER, Professor Kunal Sen is a world leading expert in development economics and led on ESID's research into

WEBINAR – The Politics of Learning Reforms: How can Governments be Held to Account?
WEBINAR – The Politics of Learning Reforms: How can Governments be Held to Account?

Developing countries have been more successful at widening access to education than raising learning outcomes partly because it is harder

Gender equitable policy reforms in Bangladesh: The role of informal networks and practices

Working paper 154 Download pdf Maheen Sultan and Pragyna Mahpara This paper explores the way power operates in a gendered

New ESID Webinar Series
New ESID Webinar Series

13 October 2020 We’re excited to announce a new ESID webinar series synthesising more than 9 years of research. Next

Women’s <br> Empowerment
Women’s
Empowerment

Globally, women’s participation in political institutions has increased. But gaps still exist between women’s inclusion and their influence over the

The politics of dominating Addis Ababa
The politics of dominating Addis Ababa

17 August 2020 Eyob Balcha Gebremariam Recent GDI alumnus and now Research Fellow at LSE, Eyob draws on his ESID

The politics of responding to Covid-19 in developing countries: PART 1

  21 April 2020 Sam Hickey, Tim Kelsall, David Hulme We are launching a series of blogs on the politics

ESID research featured in The Washington Post

3 February 2020 Tim Williams' award-winning research on the political economy of primary education, published by ESID and World Development,

Gender equitable change and the place of informal networks in Uganda’s legislative policy reforms

Working paper 134 Download pdf Josephine Ahikire and Amon A. Mwiine Uganda has had an uneven history and experience around

Podcast with Duncan Green – What are the headlines of nine years of research into Effective States and Inclusive Development?
Podcast with Duncan Green – What are the headlines of nine years of research into Effective States and Inclusive Development?

https://soundcloud.com/globaldevinst/sam-hickey-research-findings-on-effective-states-and-inclusive-development At the end of ESID's recent amazing three-day conference Duncan Green sat down with our Research Director, Sam Hickey, and asked

Abstracts for Conference 2019

All abstracts are below - click on paper titles to expand. Rooms are given after panel titles, e.g. 'D7'. Monday

Will South Asia achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030? Learning from the MDGs experience

Working paper 126 Download pdf M. Niaz Asadullah, Antonio Savoia and Kunal Sen This paper contributes to the debate on the Sustainable Development