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.
The team, led by Gareth Williams, will undertake a political economy analysis to help the Nigeria demographic diagnostic and roadmap to answer the question: What are the political, social and cultural barriers, levers and opportunities for the UK government in supporting a demographic transition in Nigeria?
Dr. Neil McCulloch (TPP Director) and Mashekwa Maboshe (ZIPAR) undertook this assignment with the primary objective of outlining a set of alternative price adjustment mechanisms and showing how they can be used to reduce subsidies in a way that minimises harm to citizens. It also summarised thinking about best practice approaches to subsidy reform, including examples from other countries and discussed their relevance to the Zambian context.
Laure-Hélène Piron, TPP Director, has drafted updated guidance on political economy analysis and adaptive management for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
PLANE is a 7 year, £95m programme funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and represents one window of intervention in a broader package of investment intended to enable a more inclusive and effective basic education system in Nigeria.
During its inception phase, THe Policy Practice team is compiling Place Level Assessments providing baseline information on the education sector in Kaduna, Kano and Jigawa states. A separate report will cover education policy developments at Federal Government level.
Gareth Williams, TPP Director, facilitated a political economy analyses for the civil society pillar managed by ACTED of the Effective Governance for Economic Development programme in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
Laure-Hélène Piron, TPP Director, and Aderito Soares, TPP Associate, assisted The Asia Foundation Timor-Leste Tourism Team update their political economy analysis in order to adjust their programme to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The remote, facilitated process also further built the tourism team's capacity to think and work politically.
This project, commissioned by UNICEF and implemented by TPP and Mokoro, looked at the political economy of five Eastern Caribbean Area (ECA) countries; Antigua and Barbuda (A&B), the British Virgin Islands (BVI), Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis (SKN) and Trinidad and Tobago (T&T). It aimed to support UNICEF to help these countries improve the analysis and evidence base for budget allocations to the social sector, in order to improve the circumstances of children.
The Policy Practice team produced a tax strategy for the African Union Commission as well as recommendations to FCDO for their engagement with the African Union on tax matters.
Alex Duncan, TPP Principal, managed a political economy analysis which identified factors affecting the development of the Berbera port and corridor in Somaliland and Ethiopia, and their contribution to inclusive development and stability. The study focused on dynamics within the immediate sub-region and also considered influences from the wider Red Sea area. It adopted a gender and conflict-sensitive approach, and was delivered through a combination of remote and field work.