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2015: A year of opportunities and threats for women’s rights in Nigeria
The Women for Women International’s parliamentary briefing on women’s rights in Nigeria, which was held at the UK House of Lords in London, on February 25, opened with a discussion on the opportunities and challenges for 2015. While the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals and the reviews of international commitments, such as the Beijing Platform for Action and the UN Security Council Resolution 1325, can be seen as major opportunities, the growing insecurity due to the Boko Haram insurgency, as well as new and ongoing governance issues raise serious concerns.

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‘They don’t want to work’ versus ‘they don’t want to provide work’: seeking explanations for the decline of MGNREGA in Rajasthan
D. Chopra / Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, 2014
The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) is a public works programme that guarantees 100 days of employment as a right to all rural households in India. This paper presents a political economy explanation f...
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 ...
The National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in Rajasthan: rationed funds and their allocation across villages
A. Mukhopadhyay; M.R. Sharan; Himanshu / Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, 2015
The performance of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) in Rajasthan, India, has been a matter of debate, both for its remarkable performance in the initial years of the scheme, but also for the relative sharp declin...
Ideas, interests and the politics of development change in India: capitalism, inclusion and the state
P.B. Mehta; M. Walton / Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, 2014
India’s democracy often seems caught between widespread demands for change and resilience to rapid change. This paper offers an interpretation of India’s recent political economy in relation to the longer-term history sinc...
The political settlement and economic growth in Cambodia
T. Kelsall; S. Heng / Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, 2014
Over the past 40 years, Cambodia has had one of the world’s most volatile growth experiences. This paper clarifies that since 1998, the political settlement in Cambodia has been characterised by a dominant Cambodian People&rsquo...
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...
Post-conflict pacts and inclusive political settlements: institutional perspectives from Solomon Islands
D. Craig; D. Porter / Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, 2014
Literature on post-conflict stability and security has increasingly focused on the role of “strong enough” or “inclusive enough” political settlements in transitions from conflict and institutional fragility, a...
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...
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