Applied Political Economy Analysis for human rights programs and campaigns (Handbook)


Created 07/03/2019

Analysis, How-to, Tools and Templates


Applied Political Economy Analysis

This handbook provides practical guidance to human rights practitioners and campaigners on how to integrate Applied Political Economy Analysis (APEA) into their activities. It provides a succinct description of APEA and discusses how the methodology supports human rights programs. It also outlines clear but flexible steps for carrying out APEA studies, as well as embedding ongoing APEA into the management of human rights programs and campaigns. The document also includes a number of annexes that provide practical resources for carrying out APEA and related contextual analysis.

Applied Political Economy Analysis (APEA) is an approach to analyzing key power dynamics and social, political, economic, and other incentives operating within a given sector or locality. Donors and implementers of international development programs increasingly use APEA to help them base their interventions in an understanding of the local political and economic environment. Practitioners can point to a range of examples of where APEA or similar approaches have been applied in the governance sector, as well as in other sectors such as health, natural resource management, and economic growth. While implementers of human rights programs routinely have used assessment methodologies that shed light on local contextual factors, there is limited experience in or available guidance on using APEA as a foundation for human rights programming.

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