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WEBINAR – The Politics of Building State Capacity in Africa: What Role for ‘Pockets of Effectiveness’?

Dr Marja Hinfelaar, SAIPAR Associate Professor Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai, University of Ghana Dr Badru Bukenya, Makerere University Chair: Professor Sam Hickey,

The political economy of health insurance enrolment in Ethiopia: Party, state and the quest for universal health coverage

Working paper 156 Download pdf Tom Lavers Many developing countries are considering insurance as a means of pursuing universal health

The distributional politics of social transfers in Kenya

Working paper 155 Download pdf Alesha Porisky This paper examines the politics of distributing social transfers across four diverse counties

State infrastructural power and social transfers: The local politics of distribution and delivering ‘progress’ in Ethiopia

Working paper 147 Download pdf Tom Lavers This paper examines the politics of implementing the PSNP in Ethiopia. The PSNP

Resource nationalism: Enabler or spoiler of pockets of effectiveness in ‘new oil’ Tanzania’s petroleum sector?

Working paper 144 Download pdf Rasmus Pedersen, Thabit Jacob and Peter Bofin A great deal of attention has been paid

ESID research published in World Development

13 January 2020 Congratulations to ESID researchers, Vasudha Chhottray, Anindita Adhikari and Vidushi Bahuguna, whose pioneering ESID research has been published

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

The rise of the economic technocracy in Rwanda: A case of a bureaucratic pocket of effectiveness or state-building prioritisation?

Working paper 120 Download pdf Benjamin Chemouni The Rwandan Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN) is recognised as the

Doing business in a deals world: The doubly false premise of rules reform

Working paper 123 Download pdf Sabyasachi Kar,  Lant Pritchett,  Spandan Roy  and Kunal Sen The World Bank’s Doing Business reports

The shifting fortunes of the economic technocracy in Uganda: Caught between state-building and regime survival?

Working paper 121 Download pdf Badru Bukenya and Sam Hickey Uganda’s impressive levels of economic growth over most of the

The challenge of sustaining a professional civil service amidst shifting political coalitions: The case of the Ministry of Finance in Zambia, 1991-2018

Working paper 122 Download pdf Marja Hinfelaar and Justine Sichone Zambia experienced a decade of strong economic growth from 2004

EVENT – Discussion on ESID's findings at University of Cape Town

If you are able to be in Cape Town this Thursday, don't miss the opportunity to join our leading researchers, Prof

Effective states reduce poverty faster

  10th October 2018 Antonio Savoia and M. Niaz Asadullah     Can poverty be eradicated is the biggest question for development.

"Outstanding" research in prestigious article collection by World Development

20 September 2018 An article in World Development based on an ESID working paper on poverty reduction and the MDGs

Understanding the contribution of the BSUP (JNNURM) to inclusive cities in India

Working paper 97 Download pdf Sundar Burra, Diana Mitlin and Gayatri Menon with Indu Agarwal, Preeti Banarse, Sharmila Gimonkar, Maria Lobo, Sheela Patel,

Poverty reduction during 1990-2013: Did Millennium Development Goals adoption and state capacity matter?

Working paper 93 Download pdf M. Niaz Asadullah and Antonio Savoia While poverty reduction remains central in the Post-2015 Agenda,

Do economic institutions matter for growth episodes?
Do economic institutions matter for growth episodes?

Working paper 92 Download pdf Sabyasachi Kar, Selim Raihan and Kunal Sen An increasingly large literature on the empirics of economic

World Bank: Strengthening governance top-of-mind for opinion leaders

In a recent blog for the World Bank Jing Guo, a member of the group's Public Opinion Research Group, outlines the

EVENT: State-business relations in development seminar

ESID are linking up with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) for a one-day workshop at the National Council For Voluntary

APSA2016: Building bridges between ESID and PoliSci

  Pablo Yanguas 19 August 2016     In two weeks I will be storming Philly’s city centre as part

How do political institutions affect fiscal capacity? Explaining taxation in developing economies

Working paper 59 Download pdf Roberto Ricciuti, Antonio Savoia and Kunal Sen Abstract A central aspect of institutional development in

The challenge of public sector reform in Ghana

By Pablo Yanguas 5 April 2016 Will legal reform be enough? How can regular people be involved in debates about effectiveness?