Effective States and Inclusive Development

  1. Research across more than one country brings intellectual gains in being able to see both that context matters and that some problems are universal. It also brings challenges in terms of ensuring interaction with co-researchers who are far away.

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  2. ESID's research is important for the National Development Plan process in Uganda, where development is very politicised. It can also help with policy implementation, as Uganda has great policies on paper, but problems in implementation.

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  3. Margaret Kakande gives some advice to researchers on how to best present their work so that policymakers will read and use it.

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  4. Elections in Ghana have become so competitive that as soon as governments come to power their immediate concern is how to secure the next election. This has consequences for governance of the oil sector in Ghana, as the need to appease the electorate is prioritised over the need for long-term development plans.

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  5. In emerging democracies like Malawi, civil society is important in helping to keep the government in check, especially where citizens' political knowledge and engagement is weak. But in order for political processes to be transformational, the challenge for civil society is to engage with government in a sustained and proactive way.

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Effective States and Inclusive Development

Global Development Institute

The Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre (ESID) is based at the Institute for Development Policy and Management and the Brooks World Poverty Institute , University of Manchester, and is funded by the UK’s Department for International…


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The Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre (ESID) is based at the Institute for Development Policy and Management and the Brooks World Poverty Institute , University of Manchester, and is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development. ESID's research is investigating the political drivers of inclusive development, particularly how state capacity and elite commitment can emerge and be sustained, as well as how to support these processes. There will be a central focus on the role of power relations and dominant ideas in defining interests and shaping developmental forms of state capacity and elite commitment.

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