The centrality of politics in development is widely acknowledged, but still often ignored in practice. Raising the contribution of political analysis to the design of development policies and aid interventions is an ongoing task: much remains to be done. This meeting series covers three critical challenges to the politics of development today:
- understanding better how structures of governance - global, national, regional and local - constrain or enable patterns of development that are effective and equitable;
- the changing politics of aid, including new thinking about interventions in crisis states, and whether aid can be used more successfully to strengthen governance and build national commitment to poverty-reducing policies;
- the meaning, uses and abuses, of key concepts of political development: accountability, civil society and social capital.
The meetings are being organised jointly by ODI and the Development Studies Institute/Crisis States Programme of the Development Research Centre at the LSE. Most sessions will include two speakers, with different and sometimes contrasting points of view, and time for discussion.
This event discussed the model of civil society to which donors subscribe maps poorly onto recipient societies, while de-politicising development threatens the very objectives that the donors espouse.
This event discussed how dependence on tax is important to constructing a bureaucracy based on meritocracy and that tastatistical tests show a correlation between oil/mineral economies and poor government, more conflict and low human development.
What is "good governance" and can it be promoted? What are the pitfalls and the challenges? In this seventh meeting in the series on Putting Politics Back into Development, these questions were addressed by two speakers - one a prominent...
This event discussed the relationship between development and politics is shifting in humanitarian assistance and why development actors have become more interested in the political task of conflict reduction.
This event discussed the extent to which PRSPs are influencing the politics of poverty reduction through a summary of donor's experience to date.
This event explored the idea that the Trade Policy Review Mechanism (TPRM) of the WTO can help to make WTO Agreements and national government policies more advantageous to the poor; and whether aid can be used more successfully to strengthen governance as a...
This event discussed preliminary findings from a DFID funded study, which examines options for improved policy support to rural diversification in India.