Researching the politics of development



The political challenge of turning transnational social protection goals into effective national policy coalitions

30 September 2015
Earlier this month at the Development Studies Association meeting, ESID researchers working on our social protection project presented preliminary evidence from Zambia, Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya. With the diffusion of social protection policies across Africa driven largely by aid donors, our researchers used an expanded political settlements framework to explore the various forms of interaction between the policy coalition for social protection, which is likely to take up donor ideas, and a country’s ruling coalition, which is likely to be informed by political incentives and local norms about charity, dependency, or entitlement. Check out some of the presentations below.

Overview and the case of Rwanda (Tom Lavers)


The case of Zambia (Kate Pruce and Sam Hickey)


The case of Uganda (Sam Hickey and Badru Bukenya)