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, 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 and Olly Owen, completed a political economy analysis on the demographic transition in Nigeria. Based on detailed fieldwork in 11 locations, the study addresses the question of what are the political, economic and socio-cultural factors influencing population policy and outcomes. It identified six potential pathways of change towards a more rapid demographic transition and makes recommendations on how development partners can support these pathways.
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.
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 and represents one window of intervention in a broader package of investment to enable a more inclusive and effective basic education system in Nigeria.
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 countries (Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago). It supported 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.