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Political and social analysis for development policy and practice - an overview of five approaches

Haider, Huma and Rao, Sumedh (2010) Political and social analysis for development policy and practice - an overview of five approaches. Technical Report. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.

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Abstract

The use of Political Economy Analysis in development is a relatively recent phenomenon, beginning in the early 2000s. Prior to this, theory and practice largely ignored political and social context. Policies and programmes were planned and implemented in a technical manner, based on the presumption that expertise and aid was sufficient to generate growth. The failure of development interventions to produce expected results led to a growing awareness among donors that politics, ‘political will’ and local context matter to development. In order to gain a better understanding of these issues, donors have developed various tools for political and social analysis. This paper provides a detailed overview of five of these tools and frameworks: Power Analysis, Drivers of Change, Strategic Corruption and Governance Analysis, Poverty and Social Impact Analysis, and Problem-Driven Political Economy Analysis. Under each tool or framework, it discusses how to use the tool (research methods, processes, outputs, and elements of the approach); skills and resources required; the value added and operational impact of the approaches; key challenges; and linkages with other analytical tools.

Type of Work:Monograph (Technical Report)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Number of Pages:37
Department:Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC), International Development Department
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Projects:Governance and Social Development Resource Centre
Series/Collection Name:GSDRC Emerging Issues Papers
Keywords:Political Economy Analysis, Development, Policy
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
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Funders:AusAid
Copyright Holders:University of Birmingham
ID Code:1516

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