Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre receives £3.1m funding boost


The Department for International Development has awarded The University of Manchester's Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre (ESID) £3.1 million of funding to extend its pioneering research until 2019, which brings the total funding awarded to ESID to £9.3 million over nine years.

Based at The University of Manchester’s Global Development Institute, ESID is a global partnership spanning 16 countries investigating how politics shape development. It is discovering what kinds of politics can help secure development for the majority and not just the few.

Investigating the politics of health, education, natural resources, and gender amongst others, its research aims to impact on policy and practice so that people’s lives are improved.

ESID uses the multi-levelled concept of political settlements – the balance or distribution of power between contending social groups and social classes on which any state is based. It identifies how development is shaped by personalised settlements that exchange favours for political support, and shows how outcomes differ between dominant and multiple party settlements. It also examines the crucial role of ideas and transnational influences in the politics of development.

This next phase of funding will enable ESID to both broaden and deepen its core research around state capacity and elite commitment, and to push at the margins to explore new challenges. Future research will focus on the areas where its most powerful insights have been generated including economic growth, natural resource governance and women’s empowerment.

DFID’s Head of Profession for Governance, Stefan Kossoff said “There is a tremendous appetite for ESID’s research products and ESID has produced some of our most operationally useful and accessible research findings. Their work on growth has been hugely influential in transforming the way DFID conceptualises the growth challenge in our partner countries.”

For the past five years, ESID has been at the cutting edge of understanding how politics shape development and what this means for governments, civil societies and development partners. This award shows our research is more relevant than ever and we are very excited about the potential for the next phase.
Professor David Hulme, Chief Executive of ESID

Addressing global inequalities is one of The University of Manchester’s research beacons - examples of pioneering discoveries, interdisciplinary collaboration and cross-sector partnerships that are tackling some of the biggest questions facing the planet. #ResearchBeacons

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