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​​​​​​​​​ Webinar Series on Political Economy

Throughout the year of 2017

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In the Framework of Learn4Dev SDC organizes together with other donors a Webinar Series on Political Economy Analysis throughout 2017 with ECDPM. Two of the webinars will focus on methodological aspects, and three will focus on particular sectoral aspects in decentralization programs, water programs as well as employment and income programs (see details in the Teaser). If you are interested to participate, please let know.

14 June 2017 - Webinar on PEA in Decentralization Programms

Jean Bossuyt, Head of Strategy ECDPM

Development practitioners acquire a better understanding of the ‘politics’ of decentralization and local governance reforms in a given context, including actors, interests involved, the configuration of powers (including on the ‘demand side’) and incentives to reform. Such PEAs can also help to identify the scope for progressive change as well as relevant entry points for action (including in countries with “blocked” decentralization processes).

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28 June 2017 - PEA in the water sector

Bruce Byiers, Senior Policy Officer Economic Transformation and Trade Programme, ECDPM

ECDPM has developed a five lens analytical framework for unpacking political economy actors and factors in specific sectors, as well as in regional dynamics. This tool has been applied for country level political economy analysis in the water sector. It has also been applied for analysing aspects of regional level dynamics in the water sector.

 Documents & Links ‭[2]‬

20 September - PEA in the Employment Sector

Jan van Heukelom, Senior Adviser Political Economy and Governance and
Bruce Byiers, Senior Policy Officer Economic Transformation and Trade Programme, ECDPM

While poverty reduction essentially depends on raising incomes through employment, the political economy of employment creation is extremely complex. Policies to address employment sit at the nexus of trade policy, industrial policy, social policy, all affected by the business environment and rule of law. Additional complexity is brought by the need to promote "decent jobs".

25 October 2017 - PEA and conflict analysis

Andrew Sherriff, Head of Programme Strengthening European External Action, ECDPM, and
Jean Bossuyt, Head of Strategy, ECDPM.

Development practitioners acquire a better understanding of the diversity of tools available to assess fragile contexts. They learn from practical experiences of donor agencies (particularly the EU) that have sought to select - and if needed combine - analytical tools to determine how best to intervene in fragile states and regions.

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21 February 2018 -“Light” PEA and conclusions

Jean Bossuyt, Head of Strategy, ECDPM.

This concluding seminar will take up how light PEAs might be taken up in the daily work and include amongst others a synthesis on key lessons learned of the series as well as evidence on the benefits when applying a PEA – what changed through PEAs – better project outcomes?

About the involved organizations

Learn4dev is a joint competence development network that links bilateral and multilateral organizations that are committed to more effective and harmonized development aid.

Austria, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Germany and Switzerland have decided in 2012 to organize joint learning events on Political Economy Analysis. Several courses and other activities have taken place throughout the last years. As main contributor to the fund,
Switzerland took over the fund management in 2015.

ECDPM is an institutional partner of the large majority of the Learn4 dev network. For many years, the Centre has been actively promoting the use of PEA approaches at EU level through a variety of channels (including training courses). ECDPM staff has been involved in concrete PEA studies at national and regional levels on behalf of several external agencies (Commission, Swedish MFA, BMZ, SDC, etc.) covering different sectors and themes.

The webinar series continues in 2018!

A key issue for all DDLG programming is how to adapt to changing environments. This question is particularly relevant for fragile and conflict-affected situations, but not only. Also after having conducted a Political Economy Analysis, the question is often how to design a program that takes into account power and interests of the stakeholders involved. This is an issue not only for SDC, but also for other donors - and there is some work done by other cooperation agencies in the field from which we could learn.
The Democratisation, Decentralisation, and Local Governance (DDLG) Network, therefore, conducted a webinar on Adaptive Programming and Management mid June 2018 presented by Richard Burge, Associate Director – Governance at ITAD: Adaptive Programming and Management: what we are learning about what works, what doesn’t work, and where there are gaps in our evidence.

ITAD has a global reputation for providing high-quality monitoring, evaluation and learning in international development. Through this webinar, we will present our experience working on adaptive programming and management. Learning will be drawn from programmes in Nigeria, Myanmar, Uganda, Tanzania amongst others. We will be looking at what works, where are the challenges, who is engaged, and how programming can be impacted.
As specialists in monitoring and evaluation we have a long history of working with DfID, European Commission, World Bank, African Development Bank, a wide range of UN agencies, many bilateral donors (including Danida, the Netherlands and Finnish Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Sida, Norad, Irish Aid and GIZ), as well as with philanthropic foundations (including The Rockefeller Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and MacArthur Foundation), a wide range of International NGOs, and developing country governments directly.
The webinar has a duration of 45 minutes followed by a 45-minute Question and Answer session.  If after viewing the webinar online now, you have the possibility to ask additional questions until 15 September 2018 and please send them to us (

 Documents & Links ‭[3]‬