Political economy analyses

2016 - 2018 (Completed)
This project provides political economy analyses of eleven countries deemed important to Norwegian development cooperation.

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has commissioned NUPI to provide political economy analyses of eleven countries (Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Haiti, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Somalia, South Sudan and Tanzania) deemed important to Norwegian development cooperation.

The purpose is to consolidate and enhance expertise on these countries, so as to improve the quality of the MFA’s future country-specific involvement and strategy development. Such political economy analyses focus on how political and economic power is constituted, exercised and contested.

Comprehensive Terms of Reference (ToR) were developed to serve as a general template for all eleven country analyses. The country-specific ToR and scope of these analyses were further determined in meetings between the MFA, the Norwegian embassies, NUPI and the individual researchers responsible for the country studies. NUPI has also provided administrative support and quality assurance of the overall process. In some cases, NUPI has commissioned partner institutions to write the political economy analyses.

The project is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The reports can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. 


Articles

News

Analysing the political economy in eleven of Norway’s partner countries

June 22, 2018

Project Manager Stein Sundstøl Eriksen gives three key recommendations for Norwegian authorities.

Publications

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South Sudan: A Political Economy Analysis

2017
This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the current state of South Sudan. A main argument is that its political economy is fundamentally atypical: ...
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Mozambique: A Political Economy Analysis

2017
This report uses a political economy analysis to shed light on some of the paradoxes that characterize Mozambique mid 2017: Entrenched poverty, the resuscitated ...
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Malawi: A Political Economy Analysis

2017
This report provides a comprehensive political economy analysis of contemporary Malawi. The country epitomises the primacy of patrimonial politics – including ...
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Nepal: A Political Economy Analysis

2017
This report is an integrated political economy analysis of Nepal. The main finding is that economic growth and poverty reduction have been steady in Nepal ...
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Afghanistan: A Political Economy Analysis

2017
This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the current state of Afghanistan, arguing that the Afghan state is fragile, and sustained through constant ...
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Myanmar: A Political Economy Analysis

2018
Myanmar may for a long time remain in a transitional state with an uncertain future. After a series of political and economic liberalization reforms from ...
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Tanzania: A Political Economy Analysis

2018
This report provides a comprehensive political economy analysis of contemporary Tanzania. Focusing on developments since the election of John Magufuli ...
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Ethiopia: A Political Economy Analysis

2018
This report provides an overview and analysis of some key issues pertaining to the political economy of Ethiopia in a historical perspective. The continuous ...
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Haiti: A Political Economy Analysis

2018
Haiti is governed by a small economic elite and the majority of its poor and marginalized population has no access to power. This report analyses the ...
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Somalia: A Political Economy Analysis

2018
Somalia has been without a central authority for more than a quarter century. An entire generation is growing up without experiencing stability and security, ...