The Policy Practice applies a political economy lens to understand how power is distributed and used across politics, economics and society. We examine how governments, central administrations, local authorities, politicians, civil society organisations or economic actors operate and how they could be incentivised to reform and better serve their communities.
Our governance, conflict and fragility expertise covers:
- politics, accountability and civil society
- institutional development
- public sector reform
- public financial management
- governance of service delivery
- security, justice and human rights
- conflict and stability analysis
- state-building and peace-building
We have a particular track record in fragile and conflict-affected countries where politically-informed approaches are essential, for example across the Horn of Africa.
The Policy Practice evaluated a project supporting a network of political parties across Southern Africa.
Laure-Hélène Piron, Policy Practice Director, is leading a scoping study for the British Embassy in Morocco of the criminal justice system. The project will analyse how Moroccans access justice, weak points in the criminal justice chain, and the incentives that are promoting or blocking reform.
Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) requested a review of its Governance for Development Program in Timor Leste (2014-2021). It examined the programme's relevance, efficiency and effectiveness, including the extent to which it is able to Think and Work Politically.