Ben Ramalingam's ground breaking book explores the state of the aid industry and shows how embracing the ideas of complex systems thinking can help make foreign aid more relevant, more appropriate, more innovative, and more catalytic.
Latest publications: Books or book chapters
Migration and the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda gathers together recent research findings outlining the links between migration and development and proposing how migration can best be factored into the future development framework, offering a timely contribution to the argument for migration’s inclusion in the coming development agenda.
This highly original and thought-provoking book examines the recent expansion of social protection in China, India, Brazil and South Africa – four countries experiencing rapid economic growth and social change. It documents developments in each country, analyses the impact of government transfers and discusses future trends. It shows that social protection has complemented economic growth and supported development efforts. Social protection has been fundamental to promoting equitable and sustainable societies.
For decades, corruption in Ethiopia has been discussed only at the margins. Perhaps because many have not experienced corruption as a significant constraint to their lives and businesses, or perhaps because a culture of circumspection has dampened open dialogue, Ethiopia has seen neither the information flows nor the debate on corruption that most other countries have seen in recent years. This chapter 4 focuses on rural water supply corruption in 'Diagnosing corruption in Ethiopia : perceptions, realities, and the way forward for key sectors'.
This chapter in the International Handbook of Public Financial Management reviews the role, responsibilities and organisational structure of central finance agencies
This volume, comprising 16 chapters prepared by 20 renowned experts from a range of international organisations, think tanks and academic institutions, including Commonwealth Secretariat, ODI, ECDPM, DIE, ICTSD, Saana Consulting, WTI Advisors, and Columbia University, provides a comprehensive review of the Aid for Trade initiative.
This chapter in the book 'Maximising the Impact of Research: The NCCR North-South Approach', discusses the impact of research, how to prove it and how to assess whether it works.
John Hills, Francesca Bastagli, Frank Cowell, Howard Glennerster, Eleni Karagiannaki and Abigail McKnight
This book presents new findings on wealth inequality and how it has changed, how people accumulate wealth through capital gains and inheritance, and the effects of wealth-holding on life chances. It argues that despite its great importance, public policies towards personal wealth are inconsistent, contradictory and often regressive.
Fragile states have been a leading priority in international development thinking and practice, starting in the 1990s. This chapter looks at how donor thinking on the concept of fragility has evolved and how the statebuilding agenda emerged. It explores some frameworks that the international assistance community has developed to foster more peaceful states and societies, as well as the proposals that have been developed by a growing group of fragile states known as the g7+ towards that same goal. The chapter then analyses some of the tensions and dilemmas that are embedded in statebuilding processes. By way of conclusion, the chapter asks whether current international engagement in fragile states is fit for purpose, and what some of the challenges in ongoing donor practices are, in promoting more effective statebuilding efforts.
Drawing on empirical evidence from poor households and communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America, this book provides rich insight into the effects of a range of social protection instruments. It concludes that with relatively simple changes to design and with investment in implementation capacity, social protection can contribute to transforming gender relations at the individual, intrahousehold and community levels.