Start date
5 months
World Bank

World Bank analyses in politically unstable or fragile contexts

Recent crises highlight how political and conflict analyses undertaken by aid donors may not be sufficient to anticipate changing dynamics in developing contexts. Furthermore, analyses may often not be fully utilised to influence development strategies, operations and programmes, ultimately not leading to improvements in how development actors engage with political economy factors.

The Policy Practice is assisting the World Bank Political Economy Community of Practice review the application of political economy analysis, and other similar analysis, in contexts of political instability, fragility, conflict and violence. This will contribute to recommendations to deepen the use and uptake of analysis in the Bank.

The project includes a literature review on the use of various analyses in the World Bank, a comparative study of the approaches of other development agencies, and three rapid case studies on what makes context analyses useful and influential in the World Bank.