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Applied Political Economy Analysis

Palladium has been at the forefront of applying a political economy approach to delivering development results.

Over the past decade, Palladium has been at the forefront of applying a political economy approach to delivering development results. We were among the pioneers of applied political economy analysis (PEA), conducting some of the first drivers of change and political economy studies commissioned by donors. Our in-house team of political economy experts has since conducted dozens of macro and sectoral PEAs across Africa, Asia, the Pacific and Eastern Europe.

Palladium has also been a pioneer of politically smart and adaptive programming, putting principles such as ‘thinking and working politically,’ ‘doing development differently’ and ‘problem-driven iterative adaptation’ (PDIA) into practice in programmes that include:

  • the State Accountability and Voice Initiative (SAVI) in Nigeria;
  • the Enabling State Programme (ESP) in Nepal’ and
  • the Pyoe Pin Programme in Myanmar (for which we provide ongoing political economy and strategic support)

In recent years, these programmes have developed strategies, tools, decision-making processes and research, monitoring and learning systems to ensure that governance programming is flexible, adaptive, effective and grounded in political realities.

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