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.
TPP Director, Neil McCulloch, worked with Graham Teskey from Abt Associates to provide advice to the UK government on the potential political economy challenges associated with potential new investments in renewable energy in Pacific Island countries.
Anna Paterson is leading a Policy Practice team which will undertake a study for the World Wildlife Fund in Ukraine. They will analyse the governance obstacles and opportunities in sustainable reconstruction, and the implications for the conservation sector.
Alina Rocha Menocal and Laure-Hélène Piron are undertaking a learning review for USAID's Human Rights Support Mechanism. They have been commissioned by Pact, a US-based non profit organisation, to examine whether and to what extent applied political economy analysis contributes to programmatic results or outcomes.
William Kingsmill, TPP Principal, led the mid-term review of the Economic Development Investment Programme in St Helena.
This analysis, led by Alex Duncan, and working in close collaboration with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and other donors, aims to generate feasible programme options for donors to support the development of more inclusive governance and strengthened core state functions in Somaliland.
Laure-Hélène Piron, Niki Palmer and Georgia Plank are assisting the World Bank Political Economy Community of Practice review the application of political economy analysis, and other similar analysis, in contexts of political instability, fragility, conflict and violence. This will contribute to recommendations to deepen the use and uptake of analysis in the Bank.
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?
Laure-Hélène Piron, The Policy Practice Director, has contributed to the updated guidance on political economy analysis and adaptive management for the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
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.