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Strategic framework: Political economy analysis for conservation impact (PEACI)

This strategic framework was developed by WWF’s Governance Practice to create a shared understanding of what political economy analysis (PEA) is and why it is important for conservation impact. The framework explores some useful PEA approaches and tools and explains how to integrate these into conservation programming. The framework is designed to be accessible to stakeholders across the WWF global network. Given the focus on practitioner-level challenges, it may also be a valuable point of reference for others in the conservation community who seek to address corruption via their programming.

The report first unpacks the political economy analysis for conservation impact (PEACI) strategic framework by defining it as a structured approach to understanding power dynamics and how the abuse of power might undermine conservation work. This PEACI framework then combines the Department for International Development (DFID) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) approaches and presents them in three core building blocks (foundational factors; rules of the game; and people and organizations) and provides tools that can be used to apply these blocks. This framework can be useful to understand and address the complexities that arise from corruption that interfere with conservation goals. The framework provides tips on applying PEA relative to a practitioner’s work and entry points for linking to programming. Additional resources about PEA are also provided as good starting points.

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