Andrew Barnett has been contracted to be a member of the Technical Advisory Group of this five-year research programme on energy and gender. The TAG provides advice to the managing organization about the quality, feasibility and context of research across five themes, including the political economy of subsidy reform, and energy access in Odisha, India.
The Policy Practice undertook a scoping study for DFID Nigeria to prepare for a new suite of public sector reform programmes. This included a review of lessons learned from existing public sector governance programmes, consultations with government officials and CSOs, and workshops with DFID Nigeria aimed at identifying programming options. DFID Nigeria developed the results of this study into a business case for the Public Sector Accountability and Governance Programme, a 5 year programme totaling £100 million.
Political Economy and Institutional Assessment for a large agribusiness project in Kogi State, Nigeria
The Policy Practice, in consortium with Oxford Policy Management, won a tender to conduct a series of political economy and institutional assessments for the World Bank Nigeria Office to support the preparation of new projects. Gareth Williams led an assessment of the Staple Crop Processing Zone project, which included finance for infrastructure development in support of a large agribusiness development in Kogi State.
Working with colleagues at OPM, Gareth Williams assisted in the research and drafting of am analytical paper reviewing the World Bank’s experience of supporting Public Financial Management Reforms at federal level in Nigeria, and identifying options for future programming.
State Partnership for Accountability, Responsiveness and Capability (SPARC) Programme Development Group
Gareth Williams joined the Programme Development Group of the State Partnership for Accountability, Responsiveness and Capability (SPARC) in October 2014. He is responsible for leading analytical work on the political economy context and political developments in the 10 Nigerian states where the SPARC programme operates. He attends the quarterly meetings of the Programme Development Group, which is the main decision making body for the programme.
The report (in confidence to DFID) assesses the impact of the emerging ‘new’ politics of Lagos on the education system and the relative political importance of education. It assesses State Government attitudes towards the education system and in particular the private education market and explores what underpins these views (history, ideologies, incentives etc). The process included undertaking a stakeholder analysis to identify key institutional and individual players in Lagos in relation to the sector, and in particular private education.
This report analyses the political economy of trade policy in Nigeria. It is concerned with understanding how trade policy is formulated and implemented in practice, and analyses these outcomes in terms of the underlying interests, incentives and institutional arrangements. The analysis helps to explain many of the weaknesses in trade policy in Nigeria, and is intended be used as a tool to identify realistic proposals for reform.
The Independent Monitoring and Evaluation Project provides independent M&E of DFID Nigeria's State Level Programmes. The Policy Practice has been appointed as subject leader for the State Accountability and Voice Initiative (SAVI) over a 5 year period, and will be undertaking regular reviews of the SAVI programme. We are part of a consortium led by ECORYS.
The Policy Practice are leading three of the country case studies (Nigeria, Ghana and Bangladesh) for DFID's Governance Portfolio Review. This review assesses the impact and value for money of DFID's investment in governance and makes recommendations on improving the effectiveness and coherence of the portfolio.
Output-to-purpose review of PrOpCom: promoting pro-poor opportunities through commodity & service markets
The Policy Practice provided an economist (Alex Duncan) for a team reviewing the PrOpCom programme. The team made a number of recommendations for increasing the effectiveness of this programme, which applies the ‘Making Markets Work for the Poor’ (M4P) approach. Download Alex Duncan's Paper. Making Markets Work Better for the Poor: A Framework Paper