Power Analysis - Experiences and Challenges

Helena Bjuremalm
Concept note / Power analysis can help donors understand underlying structural factors impeding poverty reduction as well as incentives and disincentives for pro-poor development. Such analysis may point to i.a. why resources and authority are not transferred to lower levels of government in spite of decentralisation reforms, why women are not allowed to inherit land, and why poor people's human rights, in particular, tend to be neglected - and what could be done about such expressions of politics of poverty.
This position paper was compiled with the purpose of reflecting on lessons learned so far. It includes Sida's experiences as regards process, content, value added, challenges and the road ahead. Experiences were collected through interviews, meetings and a workshop including field as well as headquarters staff.