Political Economy Analysis in Action Online Training Course

Training course for staff working in International Development

Following the great success of our current online training course, The Practice and ODI are delighted to announce the opportunity to again undertake our Political Economy Analysis in Action training Course starting 29th June to 18th September 2020.

The training is based on the flagship face-to-face course we have provided over 35 times since 2008 for DFID and other organisations, including the Netherlands Foreign Ministry, Belgian Technical Cooperation, GIZ, Irish Aid, the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia, the IMF, the European Commission and UNDP.

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

What is the course and who is it for?
Political economy analysis is about understanding the contexts – national, sectoral and local – in which development happens and the incentives that determine how the relevant actors behave and interact with each other.

The course is designed to equip advisers and programme managers to identify key political and institutional challenges and opportunities in a variety of different contexts, and to draw well-grounded conclusions for strategy, and programme design and implementation.

By the end of the course, participants will understand:
– What political economy analysis is, and where it comes from;
– How it can be used to improve development policy and programme design and management;
– What tools and frameworks are available for PEA and how they can be applied.

Participant requirements:
The on-line training comprises nine interactive sessions spread over twelve weeks, with reading breaks. We estimate that 30+ hours are needed to complete the course, or about 3-4 hours per week.

On-line participants are strongly encouraged to sign up with colleagues in the same country office (3+ participants). We can also set up mixed study groups with individuals from all around the world.

You are given access to an on-line teaching platform. This provides you with a combination of study guides, video lectures, an on-line library, webinars and several stimulating case studies. Participants take part in interactive exercises with both tutors and other participants, and contribute to both discussion forums and four webinar discussions.

When: 29th June – 18th September 2020 dates (12 weeks)
Cost:  If you apply prior to 29th May there is an early bird offer of £600 (plus VAT at 20% if applicable). If you apply after this date the cost of the course is £650 (+ VAT if applicable)
Groups of 5+ from the same organisation will cost £600 (+ VAT if applicable) per person

Deadline for applications is 13th June.

To apply, please click here

If you have any questions or are interested in this June course please contact us on training@thepolicypractice.com

Testimonials from our previous participants:

‘The discussion groups are a key feature – without them I think the volume of material would have been quite overwhelming.I also really appreciated the annotated bibliography, one of the key benefits of the course.’

‘Well-curated rich academic texts and concepts lent this real substance.Varied, concise case studies well mingled with theory throughout. Great flexible delivery model that allowed us to pursue in our own time, while nudging us to keep on track via webinars and study groups.’

‘The combination of excellent reading materials, case studies, reading weeks to digest all the materials and the webinars were all very conducive to truly engage with the material, concepts and insights provided during the course. It’s great to engage with longstanding practitioners such as David and Alex, but also hear and read insights from other participants.’