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Political economy analysis training course

Development interventions are more effective when they are informed by a solid understanding of context – whether international, regional, country-level, sectoral or local. To get real benefits from aid and minimise the risk of doing harm, development actors need to appreciate the political, economic and social ‘rules of the game’ in the places where they work, as well as the structure of incentives and the nature of the prevailing networks of interest and power. They must also be sensitive to the uncertainties involved in complex change processes and their implications for politically smart and adaptive programme design and delivery.

The Policy Practice has been running and continually updating our flagship Political Economy Analysis in Action’ course since 2008, in collaboration with the Overseas Development Institute. Our trainers are all leading practitioners with years of experience of undertaking political economy analysis across the globe.

We are currently taking applications for our Political Economy Analysis in Action training course starting 2nd September 2024 - if you would like to apply to the course, please see our course flyer or email


Political economy analysis for climate action training course

The Policy Practice have launched a new training course first run in June 2023: Political Economy Analysis for Action on Climate Change. This course draws on our flagship Applied Political Economy Analysis training course, but with material focussed on how PEA can maximise the effectiveness of action on climate change. The course tutors are Neil McCulloch, Sam Bickersteth and Niki Palmer. It is facilitated by Samantha Wade. 

This course will equip participants to identify and manage the political economy challenges of the contexts in which they work, and to draw well-grounded conclusions for climate policy, strategy or programme design and implementation. 

This course comprises eight interactive two-hour sessions spread over four weeks. In addition, we estimate that around two hours per week of additional individual study will be needed to complete the training course. You are given access to an online training platform. This provides you with online documents and links to recommended reading. You will be expected to work through session material each week (two sessions per week) and do essential reading.

This course will be running again from 14 October - 12 November 2024. For further information, click here.



Bespoke training courses

In addition to our flagship course, we offer a range of related services from shorter, bespoke training courses, to ongoing support to teams and organisations and mentoring for practitioners. We run our courses both online and face-to-face. We design courses for individual organisations, as well as running courses which are open for all to apply.

Further information

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