The TWP Community Podcast

The TWP Community Podcast features TWP CoP Director, Alina Rocha Menocal, interviewing experts on a variety of topics to do with thinking and working politically. If you’re interested in TWP, politically aware approaches to development, adaptive programming, and political economy analysis, then this is the podcast for you!

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Tuesday Apr 23, 2024

In this conversation, Alina chats to Greg Power’s about his recent book, Inside the Political Mind: The Human side of Politics, and How it Shapes Development which explores how social norms, public expectations and the personal interests of Members of Parliament influence the path of political development. The book draws on Greg’s experience of working with political leaders in more than sixty countries.

Tuesday Feb 20, 2024

Alina Rocha Menocal has a conversation with Martha Maya and Maria José Daza Bohórquez from the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT), about their work on encouraging dialogue and collaboration in the Colombian Congress across party lines within a highly polarised political context.

Thursday Nov 30, 2023

Alina Rocha Menocal interviews Dr Nicola Nixon, Sumaya Saluja and Sadat Shibli on The Asia Foundation’s experience fostering coalition-building, featuring examples from Bangladesh, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Timor-Leste

Friday Mar 24, 2023

This interview recorded on the eve of Nigeria’s Presidential election in February 2023 discusses the importance of a TWP approach for understanding Nigeria’s political economy context and designing/implementing effective development projects. The interview with two Associates of The Policy Practice, Dr Suwaiba Ahmad and Sunny Kulutuye, reflects on the two speakers’ professional experience of applying a TWP approach to policy and programming problems in this context.

Monday Jan 30, 2023

Dadirai is the Lead Governance Advisor for CAFOD. In the last 7 years Dadirai has been at the forefront of advocating for robust context analysis (PEA) to anchor programming decisions - developing an internal guidance and providing ongoing accompaniment of staff through the analysis. In this podcast, she tells us how she arrived to TWP, how she developed her context analysis guidance, and her experience of landing PEA and TWP principles with partners on the ground in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Monday Nov 28, 2022

In this interview, Professor Heather Marquette tells us what lessons are emerging for 'Thinking and Working Politically' from research from the SOCACE programme. She talks about how SOCACE research offers new insights on what it means to TWP, how we can find different ways to work on SOC, illicit finance and corruption that are better able to meet the needs that emerge when working in different contexts and how TWP opens a space for identifying potential tensions and unintended consequences.

Tuesday Sep 27, 2022

In this episode, Alina Rocha Menocal interviews Duncan Green who tells us about the Global Executive Leadership Initiative (or GELI) training programme on influencing for senior leaders, and why it is all about TWP.

Monday Aug 01, 2022

In this interview, Kerry Selvester and Sam Sharp tell us about what is innovative in MUVA's approach to adaptive programming, and the factors which enabled and constrained this approach.

Monday Aug 01, 2022

Alina Rocha Menocal interviews Idayat Hassan, Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in Abuja, Nigeria, on what is needed for greater democracy support.

Monday Aug 01, 2022

TWP specialist Wilfred Mwamba gives great insights into how he uses TWP in practice. 

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