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.
In partnership with ODI, the Policy Practice ran two virtual training courses for over 100 UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office staff on political economy analysis in action.
James Keeley and William Kingsmill undertook a review of Papua New Guinea (PNG) agriculture for the Australian government, providing options and recommendations for the next phase of support, based on PNG's policies and priorities and Australia’s desire to increase the strategic impact of its programme.
The Policy Practice facilitated a political economy analysis process for the Swiss Development Corporation (SDC) in the Horn of Africa (HoA), focused particularly on Somalia, southern/south-eastern Ethiopia, the arid and semi-arid lowlands of north-eastern Kenya and Djibouti. Simon Brook, TPP Principal and team leader, managed a complex process involving SDC teams in Kenya and Ethiopia, as well as TPP regional, sector and political economy experts.
Led by TPP Associate, Nisar Majid, the FCDO-funded Horn Research Facility (HRF) was a political economy analysis facility providing support for the delivery of embassy priorities on conflict, the political settlement and service delivery in Ethiopia. The expected outcome throughout the programme was to deepen the UK’s understanding of the political economy context in Ethiopia and to increase the effectiveness of HMG’s development programming and policy design. Outputs included analytical/research pieces, workshops, verbal briefings and presentations to FCDO-Ethiopia and the wider donor community.
Gareth Williams, TPP Director, facilitated a political economy analyses for the Support to the Jogorku Kenesh (parliament) project in Kyrgyzstan managed by Palladium.
With the Government of Uganda playing a leading role within the energy sector in the country, The Policy Practice worked with the Africa Clean Energy Technical Assistance Facility to undertake a political economy analysis of the Off-Grid Solar sector in Uganda, in order to better understand the power dynamics within the country.
The Policy Practice evaluated a project supporting a network of political parties across Southern Africa.
The Policy Practice designed and delivered two tailored online courses to meet the needs of Chemonics headquarter staff on applied political economy analysis and thinking & working politically.
The Policy Practice led a one year research project on anti-corruption innovations in the electricity sector in Lebanon as part of the SOAS Anti-Corruption Evidence research programme.
Listen to our podcast, Risk Reduction as Anti-Corruption To Power Up The Electricity Sector, co-written by Neil McCulloch and Muzna Al-Masri, and read our blog on the link between the 2020 Beirut explosion, corruption and electricity sector reforms.