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.

The Evolving Role of Political Economy Analysis in Development Practice

(22/05/2017)  Ten years ago The Policy Practice released two policy briefs on the political economy of development (Landell-Mills et al., 2007; Williams et al., 2007). Reflecting on the major shifts in the development context over the last decade, this latest policy brief discusses how the political economy agenda has changed, and the implications for development practice. Download our latest policy brief here.

Political Economy of Africa’s Power Sector

(2/06/2016)  This policy brief examines what we mean by political economy, how it influences performance in the African power sector, and what guidance political economy analysis can give in the design of interventions aimed at improving that performance.Download here.

Sue Unsworth

(18/03/2016)  It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Sue Unsworth. Sue has been a terrific colleague for the past decade, always stimulating and always challenging in the best way, with her incisive mind. She has led the development within the Policy Practice of a lot of our best thinking.

Sue’s legacy in being the person who initially brought political economy into DFID's way of thinking about international development, and helping to make it more realistic and less prone to the sort of wishful thinking that she had little time for, is clear to see. Her approach is now embedded pretty thoroughly. And though she started with DFID, her influence can also been seen across many if not most of the official development agencies worldwide.

Managing Developmental Civil Society Organizations

(12/11/2015)  Richard Holloway's new book provides practical tools, advice and personal experience on working with civil society organisations. Further details can be found here.

Monitoring and learning in politically smart, adaptive programmes

(27/03/2015)  Read the summary of this workshop convened by The Policy Practice and theIDLGroup in December 2014. Download here.