The Policy Practice analyses political economy dynamics and entry points for realistic reforms across social sectors, and provides policy and programming advice on:
- poverty reduction
- social protection
We identify critical political economy obstacles that impede effective service delivery relating to policy capture by powerful groups, misallocation of resources, diversion of funds, political patronage in recruitment of health and education staff, and the weakness of monitoring and accountability systems.
Throughout our political economy analysis, we apply a gender and social inclusion perspective to analyse how power relations can disadvantage women and marginalised groups from accessing services and participating in decision making and policy processes.
Gareth Williams is leading the political economy analyses of health security systems in Côte d’Ivoire and Niger for the DAI implemented Tackling Deadly Diseases in Africa Programme.
Gareth Williams was the Research Workstream Lead and Laure-Hélène Piron the Technical Director (Research) of the second phase of the Learning, Evidence and Advocacy Partnership pillar of the Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Nigeria's £133 million programme to support public sector reform in Nigeria.
The project concluded in October 2021 with a series of reports, blogs and webinars.
The Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) is a five-year governance programme, funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). The programme supports governments, citizens, and evidence-based advocacy to promote more accountable and capable government.