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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 christa.romagnini@eda.admin.ch know.


14 June 2017 - Webinar on PEA in Decentralization Programms

Jean Bossuyt, Head of Strategy ECDPM

The aim of the webinar is that 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).

 Documents & Links ‭[1]‬


28 June 2017 - Webinar on PEA in Transboundary Water Management

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

The aim of the webinar was to present ECDPM’s 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 - Webinar on 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

The aim of the webinar is to understand that 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". 

 Documents & Links [3]


October 2017 (date tbd) Wbinar on PEA and Conflict Analysis

Andrew Sherriff, Head of Programme Strengthening European External Action, ECDPM,
Volker Hauck, Head of Programme Conflict, Security and Resilience, ECDPM and
Jean Bossuyt, Head of Strategy, ECDPM.

In this webinar, 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.

 Documents & Links [4]


January 2018 (date tbd)

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:

 Documents & Links [5]


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.


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