Policy Practice Projects
We support positive change across low- and middle-income countries. We undertake political economy analysis, strategic and policy work, and operational research. We lead programme designs, reviews, and evaluations. We advise programmes and organisations how to ‘think and work politically’.
We also run a flagship training course on political economy analysis.
Laure-Hélène Piron, TPP Director, and Aderito Soares, TPP Associate, have assisted The Asia Foundation Timor-Leste Tourism Team update their political economy analysis in order to adjust their programme to the 2021 circumstances. The Covid-19 restrictions on international travel and low level of vaccinations mean that tourists cannot travel to Timor-Leste. Through a remote and facilitated process, The Policy Practice team have, at the same time, enabled the Tourism team identify the main enablers and barriers, and refocus their strategy. The process also further developed the team’s own capacity to undertake political economy analysis and stakeholders mapping. This project built on the 2020 in-person support that The Policy Practice provided to facilitate a baseline political economy analysis.
The overall objective of this project is to produce a strategy for the Economic Policy and Research (EPR) Division of the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) at the African Union Commission (AUC), as well as providing recommendations to the FCDO to inform their future engagement with the AU on tax matters. The team is lead by our TPP Principal, Olly Owen, with lead consultant Doris Akol undertaking fieldwork in Ethiopia, supported by Martin Hearson from IDS.
This study will include both desk based and field based research and consultation with key stakeholders to identify the opportunities and challenges for member states in relation to tax.
The aim of the project was to provide insights from a political economy perspective into factors affecting the prospects that the Berbera port and corridor development will contribute to inclusive development and stability. The focus was on dynamics within the immediate sub-region while also considering influences from the wider Red Sea maritime arena.
This historical and gender and conflict focused political economy analysis (PEA) was be led by Alex Duncan, supported by Nisar Majid and his team (CRP colleagues as well as other potential analysts), and wider thinkers covering the region, to provide a dynamic macro-level analysis as well as institutional and historical perspectives.
The Policy Practice is facilitating a political economy analysis process for the Swiss Development Corporation in the Horn of Africa, focussed on governance, food security, health, migration and protection in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Somaliland.
James Keeley and William Kingsmill undertook a review of PNG agriculture for the Australian government, providing options and recommendations for the next phase of support, based on PNGs policies and priorities and Australia’s desire to increase the strategic impact of its programme.
With the Government of Uganda playing a leading role within the energy sector in the country, The Policy Practice is working with the Africa Clean Energy Technical Assistance Facility to undertake a political economy analysis of the Off-Grid Solar (OGS) sector, in order to better understand the power dynamics within the country.
Gareth Williams is the Research Workstream Lead and Laure-Hélène Piron the Technical Director (Research) of the second phase of the Learning, Evidence and Advocacy Partnership (LEAP) pillar of the Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL), UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Nigeria's £100m programme to support public sector reform in Nigeria.
Laure-Hélène Piron, Policy Practice Director, and Halfdan Lynge, completed an independent, external summative evaluation of project supporting a network of political parties across Southern Africa.
The Policy Practice has designed two tailored online course to meet the needs of Chemonics headquarter staff on applied political economy analysis and thinking & working politically.