Demonstrating empirically the Aid Effectiveness Principles' global impact on development is a challenge. But according to Rachel M. Gisselquist, Patricia Justino, and Andrea Vaccaro, the value of these principles lies in mobilising support for normative commitments such as establishing effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions
The last several months have given us many reasons to worry about US democracy – not least the riot at the US Capitol and the president’s refusal to accept the results of the November election, with Republican support. Rachel Gisselquist argues that clientelism is yet another reason to worry
States with fragile state health systems have been commended for effective responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. But if we take into account factors such as favourable climate and the age structure of the population, the Covid-19 impact is, in fact, greater on states with weak institutions, explain Rachel M. Gisselquist and Andrea Vaccaro
Senior Research Fellow, United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), Helsinki
Rachel is a member of the senior management team at UNU-WIDER.
She works on the politics of developing countries, with particular attention to inequality, ethnic politics, statebuilding and governance and the role of aid therein, democracy and democratisation, and sub-Saharan African politics.
Her work has been published in various journals and edited volumes, most recently World Development, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Journal of Development Studies, Social Indicators Research, and Oxford Development Studies.
Rachel holds a PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University.