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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Learning Event on Political Economy​


The Event

Political economy analysis is a powerful tool for improving the effectiveness of development assistance. It focuses on how power and resources are distributed and contested in different contexts, and the implications for development outcomes. It reveals the underlying interests, incentives, and institutions that enable or frustrate change. Therefore, such insights can contribute to improved agendas around governance, employment and income, natural resource management, inclusion, and service delivery which are core to SDCs cooperation strategies in Latin America—but which experience has shown do not lend themselves to technical solutions alone.​

​​The Latin America region is already leading significant efforts to incorporate political economy analysis into operational work. Informed by political economy studies, during 2015 several mid-term reviews of cooperation strategies of several Latin American countries are being conducted. These are providing critically important elements for strategic choices on future priorities and engagement. The event will allow staff to distill the emerging findings and reflect on implications at country- and sector (àmbito) level. The final goal is to enhance the impact of SDC support.​

​Event Sche​​​dule English

​E​​vent Schedule Spanish


 Key Reading Documents


    Political economy approach: actor mapping

    SDC | 2015 | Key Reading

    Step 3 of the political economy approach: mapping of actors. This is the handout to the presentation.


    Political economy: actor analysis

    SDC | 2015 | Key Reading

    Step 3 of political economy approach: mapping the actors. J. Frank introduces the distinct PE analysis step of actor mapping, its objective and scope. The presentation gives examples and ends with a list of things to be aware of when using this analysis.


    Urban Water Reform Success and Failure in Mexican Cities

    University of Connecticut | 2015 | Key Reading

    Learning from Examples: a PowerPoint presentation. Building on the presentation in Session 16. V. Herrera compares two cities in Mexico how they have dealt with reforming their water sector.


    Introduction to political economy

    SDC | 2015 | Key Reading

    The presentation defines political economy and argues why PE analysis is important in the development context. It concludes with an outline of the main steps of PE analysis.


    PE learning event: concept paper

    SDC | 2015 | Key Reading

    ​The learning event is divided into two parts: Part 1 deals with political economy analysis at the level of cooperation strategies. Part 2 is tailored to operational needs relevant in different sectors.

 Further Reading Documents