Using Political Economy Analysis to Improve Development Effectiveness – Unsworth and Williams (2011)


This draft concept paper explains what is meant by political economy analysis, why it matters for understanding development challenges and outcomes, and the implications for donors. It also offers practical guidance on how to undertake political economy analysis at country and sector level and suggests how to draw on the analysis to inform every aspect of EU development activity, including programming, identification and formulation of specific interventions, risk management and policy dialogue. The background paper is complemented with two annexes that present political economy analysis tools to be used at country and sector level.