Applied Political Economy Analysis

At its most basic level, Applied Political Economy Analysis (PEA) is a methodology used by development practitioners to investigate, monitor and document why and how power and wealth is distributed between groups and individuals within an organization or society, with the purpose of promoting a more in depth understanding of local systems and context-driven, politically-informed development interventions.

Adapt has provided technical guidance for clients seeking development of Applied PEA user manuals, training materials, and program strategy development.  

Members of the Adapt team have trained staff donors, contractors and international and local NGOs on how to utilize Applied Political Economy Analysis to deepen their understanding of the development challenges and opportunities they are charged with addressing.  Applied PEA training can be tailored to an organization’s needs. An Introduction to the topic can be acheived in a half day, while a  ‘how to’ workshop on average takes 2-3 days.  

Adapt’s experts have also led or participated in applied PEA baseline studies.  Here are a few examples:

South Africa  — Despite nearly a half billion dollars in investment, the HIV prevalence rate remains stubbornly high among certain populations, and in certain regions of the country.  This study helped the donor to delve into the question of whether its support for local NGOs involved in the HIV/AIDS response was likely to be sustainable once funding ended.   The findings indicated that the present strategy paid insufficient attention to the incentives to key political, cultural and economic actors, and offered practical recommendations on how to adjust the strategy and tactics to empower local NGOs and increase their influence over powerful constituencies who can champion the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Bangladesh — The ready made garment sector in Bangladesh is vital to its economy employing nearly 5 million people.  However, the rights of Bangladeshi workers to organize is subject to laws and practices making it nearly impossible to collectively bargain with employers.  This PEA study looked at why this was the case and what international development partners, together with the Bangladeshi government and private sector could do to improve working conditions (and wages) in this sector.  After extensive interviews and focus group meetings, the research team recommend a series of activities the donor could experiment with to test whether there was sufficient incentives for all of the key decision makers to allow for labor unions and other forms of collective bargaining to emerge.

Senegal  — Ocean fishing is not only an important source of protein for millions of Senegalese, but seen as a ‘right’ by Senegalese who need to supplement their income to pay for basic needs.  Industrial fishing and unregulated (or sub-optimal) regulation of artisanal fishing,and other factors is causing the rapid depletion of the West African nation’s fish stock.  This PEA study asked “Why do the government of Senegal and local fishing communities allow unsustainable fishing to persist? And, where are the most promising windows of opportunity to incentivize local authorities to move towards more sustainable fishing practices?”  The study revealed that the donor’s current approach to promoting sustaining fishing needed to include a political strategy to address some of the macro and micro issues that were leading to the rapid loss of the country’s fish stock, and threatening the livelihoods and food security of millions of Senegalese. 

 

 

 

 

 

Applied Political Economy Analysis

At its most basic level, Applied Political Economy Analysis (PEA) is a methodology used by development practitioners to investigate, monitor and document why and how power and wealth is distributed between groups and individuals within an organization or society, with the purpose of promoting a more in depth understanding of local systems and context-driven, politically-informed development interventions.

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Washington DC, 20009
(845) 641-2271

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3025 Ontario Road NW
Washington DC, 20009
(845) 641-2271

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