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The politics of building effective water utilities in the Global South: A case of NWSC Uganda

Working paper 152 Download pdf Badru Bukenya Although most public water utilities in developing countries perform poorly, some have achieved

How did the West get China wrong? Annual ESID Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture by Professor Yuen Yuen Ang

17 October 2018 ESID together with the Global Development Institute is delighted to be welcoming Dr Yuen Yuen Ang, Associate

The political economy of social protection in Mozambique

Working paper 103 Download pdf Lars Buur and Padil Salimo In the view of international donors, multilateral organisations and government

The deals make the difference – watch Matthew Tyce on his Deals and Development book chapter

16 November 2017 While most developing countries have experienced boom and bust growth, why have Thailand and Malaysia experienced sustained growth?

Watch Kunal Sen on his new book Deals and Development. What's the big idea?
Watch Kunal Sen on his new book Deals and Development. What's the big idea?

16 November 2017 Rapid economic growth in developing countries is usually put down to good economic institutions. But many developing

Watch co-editor of Deals and Development, Eric Werker, on the book's powerful policy implications

15 November 2017 Eric Werker is Associate Professor at Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University in Canada. He is also

Book Review: The Politics of Inclusive Development: Interrogating the Evidence

Dr Brendan Halloran 27 February 2017 I recently reviewed The Politics of Inclusive Development for The Journal of Development Studies.

LISTEN: Author of Why Nations Fail James Robinson tells us what he thinks of our findings

7 October 2016 In part two of our podcasts on ESID's story so far, James Robinson gives his opinion on

WATCH: Seminal author James Robinson at DSA on why we need to focus more on the micro

James Robinson, author of Why Nations Fail, argues that politics of development research needs to move from the macro to

Two cheers for the (draft) 2017 Governance and the Law World Development Report

Brian Levy 21 September 2016 This post first appeared on Brian's blog Working with the Grain. The 2017 WDR (temporarily

Pep Guardiola's lessons for the politics of development

By Dr Tim Kelsall 19 August 2016 Last weekend the 2016-17 English Premier League kicked off, with one of the

Politics matters, so what? Time for bigger bets (and more learning) on adaptive programming

  29 July 2016 Alan Hudson, Executive Director, Global Integrity   The World Bank will produce their World Development Report

How can we build tax capacity in developing countries?

  Jim Brumby, World Bank 26 July 2016 New ESID research asks how political institutions affect tax capacity in developing economies.

LISTEN: Podcast of Sam Hickey at Australia National University – Presenting our findings

25 July 2016 Our Research Director Professor Sam Hickey delivered this seminar to The Development Policy Centre at Australia National University on

Thinking and working with political settlements

5 July 2016 Tim Kelsall This post first appeared on Fragile States   This article aims to give some advice

Spotlight on an ESID Researcher: Tim Kelsall

 24 June 2016 Tell us a bit about your background I grew up in Manchester, went to university in Oxford

ESID at the Development Studies Association Conference

    19th April 2016   The Global Development Institute are taking a lead role in convening seven panels at

Optimistic rebels vs. the anti-politics machine

29 February 2016 Chris Lyon The secret has been out the bag for a while now. Time was when the

New book: Making the State Work

4 August 2015 Professor David Hulme, ESID's CEO, introduces this new edition of Governance, Management and Development: Making the State

World Development publishes our research on donor political analysis

10 June 2015 Research findings from ESID's project on donor use of political analysis have now been published in the

The political economy of governance measurement

9 June 2015 By David Hulme, Debora Malito, Antonio Savoia and Gaby Umbach. Most scholars and policy-makers agree that the

The political economy of measuring state capacity and governance: Mapping transnational approaches and their production

Objective Given the immediate relevance for both the academic and the policy debate of the Post-2015 and Post-2030 development agendas,