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What are the headlines of 8 years of research into Effective States and Inclusive Development?

September 24, 2019
At the end of a mind-bending 3 day conference on the findings of Manchester University’s ESID programme since 2011, I sat down with one of its masterminds, Sam Hickey and asked him to summarize it. He thinks and talks scarily fast, but stay with it – it’s great. We have summarized our findings as 3 Cs: Context, Capacity and Coalitions

What’s missing from the ‘Active Citizens + Effective States’ formula in From Poverty to Power?

March 3, 2014
Oh dear. Be careful what you wish for. When I wrote From Poverty to Power (the book, not the blog), we came up with a nice subtitle that seemed to capture a common thread linking the very diverse topics covered in the book – ‘How Active Citizens and Effective States can Change the World.’ But now I’m starting to regret

10 Challenges to 'business as usual' for development agencies: FP2P flashback

August 18, 2011

How can tax reform build effective states?

January 7, 2010
Taxation is one of those issues that usually causes the eyes of development types to glaze over. At best it’s relegated to the ‘important but braindeath’ category. When we do talk about tax, it’s often just as a way to raise money for schools and hospitals (if aid isn’t enough to do the job, that is). This is a serious

How did the book go down in Obamerica?

December 25, 2008

So what do other people think of the book?

December 15, 2008