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 designed and delivered a tailored two-day training course for the Development Policy and Finance team at BMGF to explore how PEA and TWP can help strengthen BMGF’s work in countries around the globe. The course helped participants identify challenges arising from the political economy features of the contexts in which they work and to draw well-grounded conclusions for policy, strategy, programme design and implementation.
TPP Director Neil McCulloch, and Principals Sam Bickersteth and Samantha Wade delivered a two-day training course for the Climate Compatible Growth programme researchers to gain a better understanding of political economy analysis.
Laure-Hélène Piron delivered an introductory training for the British Embassy in Brasilia based on the new FCDO Understanding political economy analysis and thinking and working politically guidance which she co-authored.
The Policy Practice is assisting the World Bank Governance Practice pilot a training course and design clinics to support the roll-out of its new GovEnable approach between January and July 2023.
Between January 2023 and the end of March 2023, TPP Director Neil McCulloch and TPP Principal Sam Bickersteth worked on a series of three rapid, Political Economy Analyses of the energy transition for the FCDO-funded Climate Compatible Growth programme in Ghana, Zambia and Vietnam.
TPP designed a two-day bespoke learning event for Dutch Embassy Trade and Economic Officers to gain a better understanding of PEA and how it might help inform Dutch economic engagements in the region. Crucial inputs included an expert lecture on the political economy and dynamics of the MENA region (and their impact on economic growth, trade relations and possibilities) and the development of a tailored case study from Lebanon to illustrate how PEA can be used to improve foreign and development policies and engagements.
TPP Associate Anna Paterson is co-leading an evaluation of Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises, an internationally known humanitarian health research programme established in 2013 to generate evidence on recognised public health challenges in humanitarian crises and promote its use.
Gareth Williams, TPP Director, is supporting FHI360 to conduct political economy analysis for the Jigerduu Jarandar project, a five year civil society support programme (2019-2024) in Kyrgyzstan funded by USAID. His work has so far focused on protecting civic space and supporting policy engagement in gender based violence.
TPP’s work with WRI started with an organisation-wide baseline assessment of Political Economy Analysis and Thinking and Working Politically and focused on PEA knowledge, application of PEA and barriers and opportunities of using PEA and TWP throughout the global WRI offices. This useful assessment helped inform the development and delivery of a three-day training course in Nairobi 2022 for the WRI India and WRI Africa teams, using bespoke case studies directly relevant to the clients’ work.