In the last few years many international donor agencies have emphasised the importance of ‘political economy analysis’ in improving development programmes.
However, as one of our previous publications highlighted while there is general acceptance of the importance of understanding politics, the vast majority of governance development projects still struggle to implement these findings in any meaningful way.
Our series of ‘Politically Agile Programming’ notes is designed to show how political economy analysis might be applied in practice to improve project design, logic and impact.
All of these notes are though based on the single most important political economy insight, namely, start with the people.
All projects need to understand not only the nature of the political problems in a particular country, but how these problems are perceived by the people trying to manage them. And why they see them that way.