Tracking Development (TD) research found that successful Southeast Asian states created ‘islands of effectiveness’ in small but crucial parts of the state apparatus to deliver ‘outreach, urgency and expediency’. This was picked up in Africa Power and Politics (APPP) thinking, which identifies technocratic integrity in key state apparatuses as a feature of the more developmental regimes in Africa.
Elites, Production and Poverty (EPP) (DIIS, Copenhagen) - has developed a striking synthesis of evidence on the conditions which generate effective state support to productive sectors, including the terms on which industry leaders and state officials interact.
This DRA research stream contributes to the growing discussion about the strengths and limitations of islands or ‘pockets’ of effectiveness in African administrations. We focus on the agricultural sectors of the four African countries studied by Tracking Development, plus Ethiopia and Rwanda. Central questions are:
We draw on convergent TD, APPP and EPP findings. Both successful and failed facilitation types will be considered.
Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
Prof Ton Dietz and Dr. André Leliveld, African Studies Centre (ASC), Leiden, Netherlands.
Winter 2012 and first half of 2013.