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, 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, is supporting ACTED to conduct political economy analysis the Effective Governance for Economic Development programme, funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in Central Asia. The objective of the project is to improve the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of economic policy making and delivery in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
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.
National Political Economy Analysis and Fiscal Space Profiles for Five Countries in the Eastern Caribbean Area
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.
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.