The Politics of Social Protection in Eastern and Southern Africa
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SeminarJoshua Magero Otieno on ethnicity, politics and wellbeing in Kenya
Joshua Magero Otieno will present at the WIDER Seminar Series on 20 November. Abstract – Ethnicity, politics and wellbeing in Kenya Perceived or real welfare imbalances fundamentally impacts individuals’ civic participation, inclusivity...
Book ChapterWho should get what, how and why?: DfID and the transnational politics of social cash transfers in sub-Saharan Africa Africa Policy transfer Politics
Book ChapterThe negotiated politics of social protection in East and Southern Africa Social assistance Politics Sub-Saharan Africa
Policy BriefAid effectiveness: Growth and beyond
The questions of whether aid has impact and is effective have been the subject of considerable attention...Aid effectiveness aid and growth Development aid
In the mediaUNU-WIDER findings on the influence of female elected officials on economic performance continues to make headlines
Reporting on UNU-WIDER research published in the working paper ‘ Women legislators and economic performance ’, news outlets The Times of India , The Quint , The Diplomat , and more, have published articles discussing the impact of women...Gender Politics Economic growth
Journal ArticleWhat Does the Evidence Tell Us about ‘Thinking and Working Politically’ in Development Assistance?
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid Impact and EffectivenessAid effectiveness Donors evidence
Journal ArticleAid Impact and Effectiveness: Introduction and Overview
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid Impact and EffectivenessDonors Fragile states Climate change
Working PaperWhat does the evidence tell us about ‘thinking and working politically’ in development assistance?
This paper critically reviews evidence on ‘thinking and working politically’ in development...Aid effectiveness Donors evidence
Book ChapterDonor-supported approaches to improving extractives governance: Lessons from Nigeria
From the book: Extractive IndustriesOil Gas Natural resources
Working PaperThe negotiated politics of social protection in sub-Saharan Africa
Social assistance programmes proliferated and expanded across much of the global South from the mid-1990s. Within Africa there has been enormous variation in this trend: some governments expanded coverage dramatically while others resisted this...Social assistance Politics Sub-Saharan Africa
Working PaperWho trusts?: Ethnicity, integration, and attitudes toward elected officials in urban Nigeria
In the developing world, clientelism is common. In Africa, public office is often used to redistribute resources to ethnically defined constituencies, and this form of clientelistic exchange is a key determinant of vote choice...Trust Identity Politics
Working PaperThe global politics of social protection
Since the early 2000s international development agencies have actively promoted social protection as a new global public policy...Africa Policy transfer Politics
Working PaperPoverty, changing political regimes, and social cash transfers in Zimbabwe, 1980–2016
Since 2000, Zimbabwe has been under some pressure to provide more fully for its children. It is not clear whether child poverty has worsened, although AIDS, drought, and economic mismanagement have all compromised poverty reduction...Poverty Child poverty Politics
Working PaperDonor-supported approaches to improving extractives governance: Lessons from Nigeria and Ghana
Donor interest in the extractives sector is based upon the premise that it represents an opportunity to improve a country’s development prospects...Oil Gas Natural resources
ProjectExperimental and non-experimental methods to study government performance: contributions and limits
In recent years, field experiments using randomized trials have gained increasing popularity in the field of development economics. In particular, scholars have argued strongly for their use as the best means of identifying ‘what works’...Field experiments Non-experimental methods Governance