Policy Practice Projects
We support positive change across low- and middle-income countries. We undertake political economy analysis, strategic and policy work, and operational research. We lead programme designs, reviews, and evaluations. We advise programmes and organisations how to ‘think and work politically’.
We also run a flagship training course on political economy analysis.
Southern Perspectives on international assistance to democracy and human rights: Is donor support fit for purpose?
Democracy and human rights have been under increased pressure globally. The Varieties of Democracy Institute’s latest report has found that advances in democracy over the last 35 years have been wiped out, and that 72% of the world’s population live in autocracies in 2022. In this challenging context, international development agencies have been adjusting how they support democracy and rights objectives. This webinar aimed to flip the global conversation.
TPP Director Neil McCulloch, and Principals Sam Bickersteth and Samantha Wade delivered a two-day training course for the Climate Compatible Growth programme researchers to gain a better understanding of political economy analysis.
Laure-Hélène Piron delivered an introductory training for the British Embassy in Brasilia based on the new FCDO Understanding political economy analysis and thinking and working politically guidance which she co-authored.
The Policy Practice is assisting the World Bank Governance Practice pilot a training course and design clinics to support the roll-out of its new GovEnable approach between January and July 2023.
Between January 2023 and the end of March 2023, TPP Director Neil McCulloch and TPP Principal Sam Bickersteth worked on a series of three rapid, Political Economy Analyses of the energy transition for the FCDO-funded Climate Compatible Growth programme in Ghana, Zambia and Vietnam.
Gareth Williams, TPP Director, is supporting FHI360 to conduct political economy analysis for the Jigerduu Jarandar project, a five year civil society support programme (2019-2024) in Kyrgyzstan funded by USAID. His work has so far focused on protecting civic space and supporting policy engagement in gender based violence.
TPP Associate Anna Paterson is co-leading an evaluation of Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises, an internationally known humanitarian health research programme established in 2013 to generate evidence on recognised public health challenges in humanitarian crises and promote its use.
Neil McCulloch, TPP Director, conducted an Applied Political Economy Analysis for the USAID funded Sri Lanka Energy Activity. It included an assessment of public and stakeholder sentiment with regards to the governance of Sri Lanka’s power sector, and provided a critical situational awareness for the USAID delivery unit.
TPP Director, Neil McCulloch, worked with Graham Teskey from Abt Associates to provide advice to the UK government on the potential political economy challenges associated with potential new investments in renewable energy in Pacific Island countries.