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The Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre (ESID) is a network of researchers and policy partners in Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, the UK, the USA and other countries. ESID researchers – from a range of disciplines - are working together to investigate what kinds of politics help to secure inclusive development and how these can be promoted. ESID is a 6 year research programme funded by the UK’s Department for International Development and led from the University of Manchester in the UK. The key questions the centre is exploring include: What capacities enable states to help deliver inclusive development? What shapes elite commitment to delivering inclusive development? Under what conditions do developmental forms of state capacity and elite commitment emerge and become sustained? In particular, what is the role of power relations and ideas?