REVIEWING THE EVIDENCE ON CAPABLE
AND DEVELOPMENTAL STATE

 

Date: 2017 – ongoing
Led by: Laurenz Langer and Ruth Stewart ACE team: Laurenz Langer and Ruth Stewart
Partners: Harsha Dayal, Malcolm Hartman, John Kruger, Nollen Mdhlovu and Carin Van Zyl from the Department for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in South Africa (DPME) as well as support from DNA Economics.
Funder: The Department for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME), South Africa
Portfolio: Evidence communities

In South Africa there is strong interest in the conceptual literature around the developmental state and the capable state. To this end, we applied different aspects of evidence synthesis methodology to construct a systematic and transparent overview and synthesis of the literature on the developmental and capable state. This overview developed 19 country case studies that outlined the policies and public interventions that countries have adopted as part of becoming developmental states.