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 email@example.com know.
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).
Here you can watch the entire Webinar.
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.
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".
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.
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?
by Richard Burge, ITAD