Political Economy Analysis in Action Online Training Course

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.

Testimonials from former participants of the online training course:

‘This is one of the best courses I have taken in my current role. It was relevant and well delivered.’

‘Fantastic course which prompted many discussions within my current team based on their country office experience and with colleagues. Very high quality tutors, materials and support.’

‘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.’