We emphasise an approach based on using in-depth detailed analysis of all circumstances surrounding a developmental challenge. This considers not only the local political economy but also what other issues influence and impact the success of reforms – including conflict, culture, livelihoods, environment, gender, demographics and social exclusion.
We believe that grasping these essential factors can aid the design and implementation of better, more sustainable programmes. This involves ongoing analysis that is constantly up-dated to reflect changing circumstances. We rely on local participation, not only in formulating the analysis, but also in taking ownership of it – and continuously driving it forward. Our philosophy is that these tools of analysis ought not be reserved for development practitioners alone; but should empower local stakeholders – whether citizens, government, or civil society – to become more effective in their activities.