Most recent research on effective anti-corruption approaches has stressed that understanding politics and working in a politically savvy way are key to achieving anti-corruption results. Professor Heather Marquette will talk about the recent explosion of various approaches to ‘thinking and working politically’ in development projects: from problem driven iterative adaptation to political economy analysis and so on. She’ll look at how these terms – PDIA, TWP, PEA, etc. – are often used interchangeably by practitioners, but are actually different things that each bring something new to the ways in which we work. Heather will make the case for why TWP – and keeping a better understanding of politics front and centre in our work – can help us with the political will needed for successful interventions, as well as help us keep an eye out for risks and potential unintended consequences in sensitive areas such as environmental crime and wider natural resource governance.
1. What is ‘political will’ and why does it matter?
2. How can Thinking and Working Politically (TWP) help to unlock political will?
3. How can I integrate TWP into my day-to-day work?