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Support to the preparation of the Mid Term Review of the Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn, Nigeria

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The Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) is a five-year governance programme, funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). The programme supports governments, citizens, and evidence-based advocacy to promote more accountable and capable government. Gareth Williams was contracted for the first half of 2019 to support the programme in preparing for its Mid Term Review in July 2019.

Learning, Evidence and Advocacy Partnership - Second Phase - Nigeria Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn

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Gareth Williams was the Research Workstream Lead and Laure-Hélène Piron the Technical Director (Research) of the second phase of the Learning, Evidence and Advocacy Partnership (LEAP) pillar of the Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL), UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Nigeria's £133 million programme to support public sector reform in Nigeria.

Nigeria Policy Development Facility Political Economy Analysis

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The Policy Development Facility Phase II is a flexible, rapid-response facility set up to support ‘champions of change’, to implement economic and social policies that lead to poverty reduction in Nigeria. This Political Economy Analysis explored the likelihood of progress during the 9 months prior to the General Election in a variety of reform areas including: power sector; trade; and road and rail.

Nigeria Policy Development Facility Phase II Mid-Term Review

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The Policy Development Facility Phase II is a flexible, rapid-response facility set up to support ‘champions of change’, to implement economic and social policies that lead to poverty reduction in Nigeria. This mid-term review provided qualitative ratings of government policies in priority areas. A political economy analysis examined the factors likely to affect the future success or otherwise of technical assistance embedded within Nigeria’s cabinet and National Assembly.

Political Economy of the Business Environment in Eleven Middle-Income Countries

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This study examined the factors strengthening or weakening the environment for private investment and inclusive growth in eleven middle-income countries. The Policy Practice managed the research and produced a synthesis paper. It undertook two of these studies directly, and identified nine other country experts.

The research findings have been summarised in the Policy Practice Brief NO.12.

Learning, Evidence and Advocacy Partnership - First Phase - Nigeria Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL)

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This programme is part of DFID Nigeria’s suite of public sector reform programmes, the Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL). PERL aims to promote public sector accountability and reduce corruption by ensuring more accountable, effective, and evidence informed policymaking, that prioritises the sustainable delivery of public goods and services that meet citizens’ needs. LEAP contributes to this goal by strengthening the demand for and use of evidence on public sector accountability and reform in Nigeria.

Support to the DFID funded ENERGIA research network on energy and gender

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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.

Scoping mission for the proposed Public Sector Accountability and Governance Programme, Nigeria

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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

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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.