The National School of Government International Series

The National School of Government International (NSGI) Series is a new resource for policy makers, development experts, and overseas governments that are interested in centre of government and civil service reform.  It is produced by the NSGI, a small cross-cutting unit, supporting HMG’s overseas objectives to increase the impact of aid interventions and build effective institutions using a practitioner to practitioner approach.

Increasing the Impact of Aid Interventions to Support Centre of Government Reforms: A Paper on the National School of Government International’s Approach

After more than three years of experience in different settings and countries, the NSGI has taken stock of what it has done and what it has learned, the better to codify, test and share its approach on supporting centre of government reform. This paper explores how the emerging NSGI approach, which uses civil service, practitioner-to-practitioner support that is adapted to local priorities and the local context, may provide a useful framework for improving the effectiveness of the design, delivery and monitoring of aid interventions.

The Beginner's Guide to PEA

The Beginner’s Guide to Political Economy Analysis (PEA) provides a learning resource for those working on delivering development initiatives overseas. It is designed as a more informal and accessible introduction that will encourage development practitioners to use analysis as part of their own work (and not just those with formal PEA training).  It reflects recent evidence on how politics and power can impact development and tries to help readers navigate these issues through some everyday analytical tools, looking at some of those questions central to PEA:

• Why we do political economy analysis, and what it is?

• What kinds of issues and ingredients are often included in a PEA?

• How do we make sense of the different varieties of PEA?

• What tools are out there to help us conduct a PEA?

• What is thinking and working politically? 


NSGI PEA Training Exercise Resource Pack


This training exercise pack brings together all the material needed to run a one day training exercise on political economy analysis. The training exercise is designed to be run in conjunction with: The Beginner’s Guide to Political Economy Analysis (2017), published by NSGI. However, it could be used alongside other guidance notes that adopt an `everyday’ or conversational approach to PEA. The exercise is designed to be fun and is meant as a light-touch introduction to the issues for those who are new to PEA ideas and practice.   

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