Workshop: Political dimensions of development programming

The Developmental Leadership Program, in partnership with The Asia Foundation, ran the second in a series of workshops entitled ‘Political Dimensions of Development Programming’ in Manila, Philippines from 15-16 February 2011. The workshop will brought together TAF Representatives working in the Philippines and the region, AusAID staff based in the Philippines, and selected non-government partners.

The objective of this two-day workshop was to enhance the capacity of AusAID representatives in the Philippines, and other regional partners, to develop and implement the Australian aid program in the Philippines more effectively, through the use of political analysis.

In addition to introducing and examining Political Economy Analysis (PEA) and several analytical tools, the workshop also included interactive sessions in which participants were asked to use political analysis to design contextually relevant approaches to the practical development challenges they are working on. 

The workshop provided participants with:

  • an overview of the latest thinking and strategies for improving aid effectiveness using a political-economy approach, with a particular focus on the importance of politics and leadership,
  • an opportunity to discuss and analyse the Philippines political and economic context, with specific focus on the delivery strategies being developed for AusAID’s Philippines program;
  • an opportunity to discuss and explore lessons from successful and unsuccessful reform cases in the Philippines;
  • an opportunity to discuss and explore the methods and implications of incorporating political analysis into various development tasks and roles;
  • an opportunity to explore ways in which the effectiveness of support which takes better account of the political and social context, can be assessed and documented.

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