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In the quest for Economic Growth in Africa who is getting left behind and why?

A new project from the Institute of Development Studies, entitled "Diverse Voices 2012" recently brought together three small groups in Malawi, Ethiopia and Kenya to discuss the issues and events of most importance to the vulnerable in these societies. The groups were a forum for some of those whose opinions have not had an equal chance of reaching lawmakers, practitioners, researchers and journalists. As a result, Diverse Voices is hosting a Global Debate on 7th June 2012. The focus will be the question that these groups felt most needed answering - In the quest for Economic Growth in Africa who is getting left behind and why?

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Rethinking spatial inequalities in development: the primacy of politics and power relations
A.G. Abdulai / Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, 2014
This paper offers a political explanation to the problem of spatial inequality in developing countries, paying particular attention to the implications of patronage politics and inter-elite power relations for the spatial distribution...
Governance as a global development goal?: setting, measuring and monitoring the Post-2015 Development Agenda
D. Hulme; A. Savoia; K. Sen / Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, 2014
The increasing realisation that governance quality is a fundamental element of long-run development has led to its consideration as a desirable development goal in its own right. This paper provides a framework to set, measure and mon...
Can aid bureaucracies think politically?: the administrative challenges of political economy analysis (PEA) in DFID and the World Bank
P. Yanguas; D. Hulme / Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, 2014
The basic aim of all forms of political economy analysis (PEA) is to improve rates of project success through better diagnostics of reform challenges and operating environments. However, even though all aid donors have some personnel ...
Politics, informality and clientelism – exploring a pro-poor urban politics
D. Mitlin / Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, 2014
This paper explores what has been learnt about how to instigate, negotiate or otherwise secure pro-poor government in towns and cities of the global South. The paper explains that with competition for scarce resources, the processes o...
Rethinking the politics of development in Africa?: اow the ‘political settlement’ shapes resource allocation in Ghana
A.G. Abdulai; S. Hickey / Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, 2014
Debates over whether democratic or neopatrimonial forms of politics are driving the politics of development in Africa have increasingly given way to more nuanced readings of the situation. This research challenges current efforts to u...
A House Full of Trap Doors: Identifying barriers to resilient drylands in the toolbox of pastoral development
Saverio Krätli; Brigitte Kaufmann; Hassan Roba; Pierre Hiernaux; Wenjun Li; Marcos Easdale; Christian Hülsebusch / International Institute for Environment and Development, 2015
The theoretical framework for the scientific understanding of the drylands is almost the opposite today of what was mainstream in the 1970s, but the methodological infrastructure of analytical tools and practices is still catching up....
Presidential term limits: a new African foreign policy challenge
A.T. Hengari / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2015
A coup d’état in Burkina Faso in October 2014 thwarted attempts by West Africa’s former regional strongman Blaise Compaoré to extend his stay in power. A few months later, in May 2015, an attempted ...
The political economy determinants of economic growth in Malawi
J. Said; K. Singini / Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, 2014
Since independence Malawi has failed to translate initial periods of economic growth into sustained long-term growth. This paper assesses why this has been the case and what feedback loops have existed between growth, the political se...
The politics of regional inequality in Ghana: state elites, donors and PRSPs
A.G. Abdulai; D. Hulme / Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, 2014
There are concerns that the MDGs’ focus on achieving poverty reduction targets may have led to a neglect of the poorest segments of society. The current paper states that although Ghana has made significant progress in achieving...
Beyond elite bargains: building democracy from below in Uganda
S. King; S. Hickey / Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, 2015
It is deemed that Uganda provides a useful context for examining the challenges of democratic development in late developing countries. This paper works through different perspectives on how democratic development might emerge in low-...
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