We are a network of experienced development professionals who all take a political economy perspective to development. Our Directors, Principals and Associates have specialist knowledge of particular countries and sectors. They have strong connections to government, the private sector, civil society, media and research organisations. They bring to bear their own long working experience within official agencies, academia and the private sector.
Political economy of fuel subsidy and power sector reforms; structural transformation, investment climate and growth; politically smart aid programmes.
Governance; political development; rule of law; human rights; conflict and fragility. Political economy analysis; adaptive management; institutional development. Policy and strategy; programme design, review and evaluation.
Political economy analysis and adaptive management; governance and civil society development; public financial management; health and education; agriculture and rural development; private sector development.
Alex is the Business Manager of the Policy Practice, with over 15 years of experience in programme management.
Governance and political economy analysis; natural resource governance and climate change; migration and refugees; crisis, conflict and resilience.
Governance; citizen engagement; gender & social inclusion; political economy analysis.
Sam is an expert on climate policy and its implementation at national and international levels with experience in government, private sector and NGOs.
Samantha Wade is an experienced facilitator of group planning processes, workshops and conferences. She has over 30 years’ experience in international development, working for government departments, local and international non-governmental organisations, bilateral aid agencies and international networks in the UK and developing countries.
Development policy and strategy; policy making; political economy analysis; anti-corruption; accountability, transparency and participation; growth and private sector development; public administration; the resource curse; small island economies.
Rural and agricultural development; new institutional economics; education.
Public policy and institutional analyses; political economy of development; governance; economic growth; strengthening the private sector and markets; agriculture and rural development.
Energy policy and technology and innovation policy in the public, private and NGO sectors from the perspective of political economy and instutional analyses. Aid programme review and lesson learning.
Political economy of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa: institutions of rural development and economic change; federalism, nationalism and regional geopolitics; fragility, rule of law, conflict, gender and power.
Governance and development; political economy analysis; ethnographic and fieldwork-based research; governmental institutions; policy analysis and forecasting; policing; state-public relations.
Alina Rocha Menocal
Political economy analysis and thinking and working politically; the politics of reform and what this means for international engagement; conflict and fragilty; political settlements; inclusion; anti-corruption; democratisation.
agricultural research, development and innovation; climate resilient food systems; UK engagement with China; China and international development
Governance; political economy analysis; project monitoring and evaluation; policy planning and strategy; voice and accountability; agriculture and rural livelihoods; micro-credit and enterprise development; community mobilization and capacity building for local NGOs.
Human rights and the rule of law; legal frameworks for counter-terrorism; criminal justice capacity building and international cooperation; civil society; transposition of international legal frameworks.
Economic development; urban development; public financial management.
Democratisation, democracy assistance and governance; EU governance policies; nexus between governance and security.
Governance; political economy analysis; qualitative data analysis; policy communication; project management.
Sociologist. Governance and livelihoods specialist. Regional focus on South Asia.
Post-conflict environments; human rights; sexual and gender based violence; rule of law; security sector reform; humanitarian assistance.
Mashekwa Maboshe is an economist with over 10 years in fiscal policy research and consultancy experience in Zambia and South Africa and on The Gambia and Zimbabwe.
Institution building in the civil society sector; social accountability; corporate social responsibility; anti-corruption.
Social development; gender; social inclusion; training and facilitation; policy, strategy, programme design, review and evaluation.
Mohamed Farah Hersi
Peacebuilding and state building; democratisation; local governance; conflict resolution; policy management.
Governance, security & justice; gender equality and inclusion; and social protection. Policy development, programme design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and research.
High level facilitator and team leader. Citizen engagement and social accountability; gender equality and social inclusion, civil society strengthening; social development governance; monitoring, evaluation and learning.
Political economy analysis; democratisation; institutional reform.
Food security and livelihoods; political economy analysis; diaspora and transnational studies; cash-based programming; organisational reviews and evaluations. Somali peoples and Horn of Africa.
Facilitator, negotiator and strategic planner in complex political and social environments. Governance, anti-corruption and human rights.
Cultural political economy; public service delivery; politically-smart, locally-led development programming.
Political economy; livelihoods, mobility and settlement; agrarian change; gender; interaction between social and economic dynamics in rural and urban settings.
Governance; political economy analysis; organisational change; public sector reform.