Political Economy Analysis in Action

The Policy Practice offers training and professional support on political economy analysis and how to put the approach into practice. We help participants learn how to identify institutional challenges and opportunities in a variety of different contexts, and to draw operational conclusions to improve strategy, programme design and ways of working.

We can deliver tailored-made courses or workshops to meet the needs of your organisation. Courses are primarily designed for professional advisers from different disciplines, programme managers of international agencies or companies, NGOs and researchers. We have run workshops at headquarters as well as region- or country-specific events, including the Middle East, and specific countries in Africa and Asia. In 2017 we delivered our first French language course in Tunisia for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). In 2018, we ran a two-day workshop on political economy analysis for leading international peace-building NGOs (Saferworld, International Alert and Conciliation Resources) as well as a peer-to-peer learning workshop for SDC staff on “thinking and working politically”.

We also provide, together with the Overseas Development Institute, an on-line course for staff in the international development sector.  It is based on the flagship face-to-face course we have provided over 35 times since 2008 including to DFID, 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 on-line version has been successfully delivered several times.

Please contact training@thepolicypractice.com if you are interested in our next course which will again run in 2019. The course tutors will again be David Booth (ODI) and Alex Duncan (The Policy Practice) with Samantha Wade (The Policy Practice) as facilitator. Please find an application form here.

We can also assist your organisation embed a ‘thinking and working politically approach”. We would help you examine what you are already doing well, and how to improve your analysis, systems or ways of working. We could accompany your change process – internally and with your in-country partners.