The Policy Practice
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Women voting near Freetown

The Policy Practice undertakes policy work in developing countries, and advises and trains governments, development agencies, civil society organisations and companies.  We provide practical, innovative solutions based on realistic assessments of the challenges and opportunities facing developing countries.  Our multi- disciplinary approach uses 'The New Political Economy Perspective' to understand the processes of socio-economic change and their effect on the implementation of development programmes.


Politically smart, locally led development

(14/03/14) Once policy makers accept that development is a political process, primarily locally driven, how should this affect the way they work? Download the report on the joint Policy Practice-IDL Group workshop here.

Myanmar and foreign aid

(02/11/13) Recent changes, risk and opportunity. Read Adam Burke's policy brief here.

Extractive Industries Governance Assessment

(02/11/13) William Kingsmill has developed an analytical framework for the World Bank Institute. Download here.

Strengthening debt management in Nigeria

(16/09/13) Alex Duncan led this recent review of the UK partnership with Nigeria on debt management. Download his report here.

Political Economy of Renewable Energy

(28/09/12) Read Adam Burke's policy brief written for UNDP here.

Looking for next steps in governance reform

(22/02/12) How can policymakers better identify important, context specific constraints to development, and appropriate "next steps" to address them? Read the writeup to an informal workshop hosted by The Policy Practice here.

International Drivers of Corruption

(20/02/12) The Policy Practice and theIDLgroup drafted this recently published OECD report. Download here.

Civil Society in the Age of Crisis

(23/01/12) Read John Clark's paper published in the Journal of Civil Society here.

Selected readings on political economy analysis

(05/01/12) The Policy Practice has prepared an annotated bibliography of key readings on political economy analysis. (Go to The Policy Practice Library).

New EC Background Paper on Political Economy Analysis

(02/11/11) Sue Unsworth and Gareth Williams are the lead authors of this new EC background paper and analytical tools (download here). Visit the political economy in practice working group on the on www.capacity4dev.eu for further information and to join the discussion.

Is BHP Billiton’s Cluster-Programme in Chile relevant for Africa’s mining industry?

(02/11/11) A new Policy Practice Brief by Andrew Barnett and Martin Bell (download).

Political Economy of Disaster Risk Reduction

(13/05/11) Gareth William's paper has been published as a background paper to the Global Assessment report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2011 (download).

What makes a Good Governance Indicator?

(17/01/11) Read our recent policy brief

EU Energy and Development Policy:

(30/11/10) Read Andrew Barnett's comment on the new EU Green Paper on development and its treatment of energy policy here.

Using political economy analysis to make development assistance more effective

(01/07/10) Alex Duncan delivered this presentation to a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace / USAID / DAI workshop.


Police reform in Bangladesh

Politics and development in Kenya