ESID webinar - The Politics of Building State Capacity in Africa: What Role for 'Pockets of Effectiveness'?
|17 December 2020
|What is it:
|Faculty of Humanities
|Who is it for:
|University staff, External researchers, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public, Post 16
|Dr Marja Hinfelaar, Associate Professor Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai, Dr Badru Bukenya, Professor Sam Hickey
Why do some parts of the state in developing countries function much more effectively than others? What role do these ‘pockets of effectiveness’ (PoEs) play in delivering development in Africa? This webinar summarises in-depth field research on PoEs in Ghana, Uganda and Zambia arguing that their performance over time has to be understood in relation to the changing nature of political settlement dynamics. The session will reveal the ways in which political rulers use PoEs to deliver political as well as developmental goals, and the ideologically-biased role of international development actors in supporting certain types of PoE. We will also offer insights into the challenges of building state capacity amidst the transnational politics of regime survival.
Dr Marja Hinfelaar
Associate Professor Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai
Organisation: The University of Ghana
Dr Badru Bukenya
Organisation: Makerere University
Professor Sam Hickey
Organisation: The University of Manchester
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