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GPSA Webinar
Applying political economy analysis to social accountability – The CARE experience

October 14, 2014, 10:00 am EDT

About the Webinar

Political Economy Analysis (PEA) for the development sector has been around for a couple of decades, mainly driven by the awareness that understanding and engaging with the context is crucial to set up sustainable and effective programmes. “Thinking and working politically” is the latest trend in the governance circles; however this is easier said than done. While we understand better how to analyse the context, we still struggle to use the findings to set up “politically smart” programmes.

This webinar will introduce you to PEA, discussing how CARE is going about introducing this approach into its programmes. We will briefly present CARE’s PEA guidance note, outlining the main categories of analysis and steps to undergo a PEA process. This will be followed by a reflection on lessons learned and main challenges faced in piloting it. We will finally look at how PEA is relevant for Social Accountability (SA), taking as an example the analysis of the health sector done in Zambia to design a CARE SA project. We will discuss the most relevant features of the Zambian context and how they have influenced the project’s design.

We strongly recommend participants to read the following material before signing in to the webinar:
Ch. 7 (pp. 103-108): “From Political Economy to Political Analysis”, Hudson, David and Adrian Leftwich, Research Paper 25, Developmental Leadership Program (

Related links:

Political Economy Analysis – Definition by CARE

GSDRC’s recommended readings on PEA
PEA by the World Bank
Zambia Political Economy of Health in Eastern Province

About the Guest Expert

GaiaGozzoGaia Gozzo
Governance Team Leader, CARE International UK
Gaia Gozzo leads CARE International UK governance team, providing technical assistance to a wide range of CARE country offices across the world. With 15 years of experience working in the NGO development sector, she has extensive experience in supporting governance programmatic work. She holds a MA on governance at the Institute of Development Studies – Sussex University and she has sound understanding of governance technical concepts and paradigms. She has wide experience in working with civil society organizations, and in providing capacity building, especially around voice and empowerment, and social accountability. She has been supporting a range of CARE country offices in designing and implementing different social accountability approaches, including Community Score Cards and Social monitoring across different sectors, including health and education. She led the generation of CARE’s PEA Guidance note and its piloting in 9 CARE Country Offices. She is managing an upcoming comparative research led by the Overseas Development Institute in London looking at influence of local context on CSC in Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Malawi.

Gaia Gozzo’s presentation

About the Moderator

MariaPoliMaria Poli
Senior governance and social accountability adviser, GPSA

Maria Poli is a senior governance and social accountability adviser (consultant) at the World Bank’s Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA). She developed the grant application form and supervised the grants’ application and selection processes, and is currently coordinating the Capacity Building work area at the GPSA. Maria has worked extensively on mainstreaming transparency, accountability and participation in Bank’s operations. In the Latin American and Caribbean region she worked for the Public Sector and Social Development departments, from where she pushed for a more integrated approach to governance work, by strategically articulating critical public sector reforms with civil society monitoring efforts, including policies and initiatives for strengthening transparency and access to information, corruption control, formal and informal oversight mechanisms, and political economy analyses. Her work included providing cross-support to transport and roads, water and sanitation, environment, health, education and social protection projects. Before joining the Bank, Maria worked for ten years with CSOs in South America, the Caribbean and Central America doing public policy advocacy on issues of transparency, citizen participation and conflict resolution; she was elected vice-chair of the Social Forum for Transparency (Argentina), and also worked for the public sector in Argentina and the Dominican Republic. Maria is a Fulbright fellow, and her academic background includes a Master in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University and a Postgraduate Degree in Civil Society Studies (Joint University of San Andres and Di Tella University degree, Argentina).


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