Democracy, Rights & Governance

This analytical study SBCC identifies and examines best practices in SBCC efforts by African governments. The study seeks to contribute to USAID Africa Bureau objectives to expand its analytic capacity, incorporate these principles into activity design and ultimate impact, and enhance its ability to better understand how African governments are using SBCC campaigns to improve the well-being of African citizens. Understanding SBCC best practices and their potential for improving state-society relations contributes to establishing a framework for future USAID Africa project design, which can further contribute to the development of compelling theories of change.

This guide provides information on how USAID can think and work in ways that are more politically aware, an approach known as “thinking and working politically” (TWP), through the use of Political Economy Analysis (PEA). PEA is a structured approach to examining power dynamics and economic and social forces that influence development. PEA can help to operationalize the process of thinking politically, while USAID’s initiative on Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA), supports the operationalization of working politically. Together, they can add significant value to a mission’s strategy, projects and activities.

The Thinking and Working Politically (TWP) Community of Practice (CoP) aims to help practitioners understand how to translate the evidence that political factors are usually much more important in determining developmental impact than the scale of aid funding or the technical quality of programming into operationally relevant guidance. The CoP undertakes the following activities: workshops and working groups to bring together practitioners and researchers to discuss issues related to thinking and working politically; learning resources to support agencies in adopting politically-aware approaches across their activities; and, case studies and research reports to support sharing knowledge and experience.

The USAID's Office of Food for Peace strategy builds on the FFP 2006–2010 strategic plan, draws on lessons learned during its implementation, and embraces new approaches and tools that have emerged in recent years to increase the impact of U.S. Government food assistance as a critical tool in global efforts to end hunger and poverty. The Strategy presents a revised conceptual framework for food and nutrition security and examines food security's linkages to other sectors, including family planning, agriculture and governance.

Counterpart International’s Inclusive Social Accountability (ISA) developmental framework integrates elements of social inclusion and community accountability into one comprehensive approach. It is designed to be mutually supportive at every level — educating and allowing informed citizens to effectively hold their governments accountable, while simultaneously building the capacity of governments (and where necessary, their private sector partners) to deliver quality social services that are equitably distributed. The framework includes the building blocks of the ISA approach along with a number of methodologies that can facilitate its implementation.