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 political economy perspective to understand the processes of socio-economic change and their effect on the implementation of development programmes. Learn more about us.

NEW: Political Economy Analysis in Action Training Course, starting April 12th 2020


Due to popular demand, we are running another 12 week online Political Economy Analysis in Action course starting 12th April. For further information, please click here

Political Economy Analysis in Action online training course


The next Policy Practice/ODI online training course on Political Economy in Action has kicked off with a great mix of people and organisations.

We hope to run another course in May 2020, with dates to be confirmed. The course is intended for advisers and analysts working on international development.

The course is delivered by David Booth of ODI and Alex Duncan of The Policy Practice (TPP) with Tim Kelsall (ODI) and Neil McCulloch (TPP). It is facilitated by Samantha Wade of TPP.

If you would like to be kept up to date with details of our next course, please email for more information.

Changes to the Directors


Andrew Barnett, Director and one of the Founders of the Policy Practice, stepped down from his role today. He has been central to developing the Company over the last 15 years and to ensuring a smooth transition to the new leadership team. His knowledge of energy in developing countries is encyclopaedic, and his commitment to bringing a political economy perspective to his field unrelenting! He will continue to be an active Principal of the Company. 

Alex Scoines joined the Policy Practice as our new Business Manager on 1st October 2019, and will take over some of Andrew’s corporate responsibilities. She has over 15 years of experience as a project manager with a range of development organisations, such as IMC, CHASE-OT and IDS. 

Thinking and Working Politically: Learning from Practice


In this Overview article to a Development Policy Review Special Issue on Thinking and Working Politically, Neil McCulloch and Laure-Hélène Piron identify lessons from practice and set our recommendations for funders and implementers.

The Political Economy of Energy Access and Power Sector Reform

(11/04/2019)  A new policy brief by Andrew Barnett and Neil McCulloch Download here.