New: FCDO guide to Institutional Analysis

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Laure-Hélène Piron

Oct 4, 2023, 7:25:30 AM10/4/23
to Adaptive Development #AdaptDev, Alan Whaites

Dear all


On behalf of Alan Whaites from FCDO (copied), I wanted to share their new guide to institutional analysis.


Best wishes



From: Alan Whaites <>
Date: Tuesday, 3 October 2023 at 17:19
To: Alan Whaites <>
Subject: FCDO guide to Institutional Analysis

Dear colleagues,


I am pleased to let you know that FCDO has now published our new guide to institutional analysis, you can find this at: Understanding institutional analysis - GOV.UK (


This guide is intended for us by those conducting the institutional review of an organisation, and can be used in combination with country-level institutional analysis and political economy analysis.  We hope that the guide will also be useful for those who commission institutional reviews, not least development partners designing capacity development programmes. The contents should help development partners in defining the requirements, approaches and setting expectations for review teams.  


This is the second guide in our series on `Understanding’ governance tools (following our earlier publication on PEA), do keep an eye out for the third guide (on the politics of public sector reform), which we plan to issue later this year.  Please do also share Understanding institutional analysis - GOV.UK ( with others who might find it useful. 



Best wishes,




Alan Whaites | Senior Governance Adviser | Centre of Expertise – Democratic Governance Platform | Democratic Governance and Media Freedom Department | Development and Open Societies Directorate (DOSD) | Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office | Email: and






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