International donor agencies have grappled with how to achieve sustainable results from development assistance investments for decades. One of the most important lessons to emerge in over the past two decades is that the challenge to foster more peaceful, open and inclusive states and societies is not only technical, but deeply political in nature. As a result, over the past 15+years, there has been a proliferation of analytic approaches, tools, and processes which seek to take politics more fully into account in programme strategy, design, and implementation, in ways that are much more rooted in local contexts, and based on deliberate experimentation, learning, and adaptation.
Yet while international development actors have become better to some extent at thinking politically, they continue to struggle with working differently as a result. This webinar will explore this puzzle by looking at the experience of USAID and its partners with political economy analysis (PEA) and how it has been used to inform programmatic strategy, design and implementation. Drawing on a rich panel of development experts, the discussion will examine field applications of PEA across sectors identify facilitating and constraining factors for TWP and look forward at how applied PEA can improve future programming.