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Thinking and Working Politically Learning and Futures Symposium .

Event | December 15, 2022

December 15 and 16, 2022; 8:30 am – 12:30 pm EST / 1:30pm – 5:30pm UTC

This Symposium will present experience and research from the past five years of Chemonics’ programming and others’ experiences using political economy analysis and savvy, adaptive approaches to improve development effectiveness and sustainability. The Symposium, taking place in-person at Chemonics’ Washington D.C. office and virtually on Zoom, will also explore future uses of Thinking and Working Politically (TWP), including integration with behavior science and supporting truly locally-led development.

With facilitation by Senior Advisor Jennifer Swift-Morgan, Bryce Watson, and other Chemonics TWP practitioners, speakers will include:

  • Alina Rocha Menocal, director of the Thinking and Working Politically Community of Practice
  • David Jacobstein, democracy specialist with the Policy, Coordination, and Integration Team of USAID’s Center for Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance
  • Charles Abani, United Nations resident coordinator, Ghana
  • Chris Marshall, team leader of the FCDO Western Balkans Rule of Law Initiative
  • Larisa Romanenko, deputy chief of party of the USAID Ukraine Democratic Governance East Activity
  • Christian Adanu, monitoring, vvaluation, and learning manager for the USAID Nigeria Northeast Connection Activity
  • Nadine Machikou, professor of political science at the University of Yaoundé II and co-editor in chief of the Review Politique Africaine
  • Jenny Hodgson, executive director of the Global Fund for Community Foundations



Sessions will include:

December 15: Latest Learning – What Do We Know Now?

TWP in Action: Key Takeaways from Current Programming
Findings and recommendations from recent USAID and Chemonics research on the use of applied political economy analysis (APEA) and other TWP practice, including a panel and breakout discussions to explore implications.

From Thinking to Working Politically: What it Means and What it Takes
A deeper dive into efforts to use APEA and other tools to inform and take concrete action including devising or updating strategies and doing the everyday work of politically savvy influence and reform promotion.

December 16: Future of TWP – Where Can We Go from Here?

Politics, Systems, and Behavior: TWP and Behavioral Change
A presentation of Chemonics’ experience integrating TWP with behavior science and systems thinking using the Actor-Based Change model, followed by a discussion to explore the application of such approaches in different contexts.

TWP and Localization – Who Needs to Know What and Why?
A panel and discussion with change agents and academics from around the world to discuss the use of TWP not only by and for international aid entities but also by and for local actors driving change in their own communities.