The Southern, Eastern, North Africa and Palestine Division (SENAP) conducted a learning event on Political Economy from 19th to 21st September 2016 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Previous analyses have shown that in SENAP contexts, technical and financial solutions alone cannot be sufficient to achieve good results in development work. A political economy analysis can be an important tool for improving the effectiveness of development assistance. It focuses on how power and resources are distributed and contested in different contexts, and analyses what the implications of this resource and power distribution is for development outcomes. It reveals the underlying interests, incentives, and institutions that enable or hinder change. With the aim to design politically smart programs that produce tangible results beyond traditional designs on well-known issues, participants engaged in a 3-day course.
SENAP cooperated with the consultancy 'The Policy Practice' based in London. The course was structured along three parts, according to the following programme (You can find all the attachments below, according to each day course. The PDF of the whole course will be also available at the bottom of the page, below "workshop documents".):
Introduction: Background and purpose of the workshop
The Policy Practice
Introduction: Objectives and organization of the course
Session 1: What is PEA and its importance for SDC?
Session 1: SDC: thinking and acting politically
Session 1: Use of PEA in Great Lakes context
Session 1: Use of PEA in the Kivus
Session 2: How can political economy analysis make development cooperation more effective?
Session 3: Key concepts for PEA, the analytical framework
The Policy Paper
| Global, East and Southern Africa,
Session 4: Case study: the political economy of Kenya
Session 4: Factsheet
Session 5: Application of political economy analysis to country strategy
Application of the method in a particular sector:
Session 6: PEA framework and tools for sector and problem analysis
An analytical framework for contextual or problem-driven PEA
Practical issues (TORs, challenges when commissioning a study, dissemination).
Session 10: Lessons learned in conducting PEA and putting into practice
Session 10: Illustrative examples of terms of reference
Session 10: Fishbone Analysis Ishikawa Diagram
Session 10: PEA to regional strategy and programming
Session 11: Experience of SDC in commissioning and operationalising PEA
Session 11: PEA in the Kivus
Session 12: Making PEA more operational- opportunities for SDC
Listeners’Highlights Implications for SDC
POLITICAL ECONOMY ANALYSIS IN ACTION Training Course for SDC