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Research Report: How and Why Practitioners Think and Work Politically 2022 .

Research Report | December 16, 2022

Practitioners of thinking and working politically see a project's implementers as political actors influencing the project's political context.

Thinking and working politically (TWP) entails carefully considering the operating context and how project interventions might affect it, then adapting the interventions to best advance common objectives within the local system.

This report responds to the question of what explains practitioners’ particular interest in TWP as an explicit strategy and more than just “doing good development,” and to the many calls for a more comprehensive picture of TWP by presenting new evidence of the various forms that TWP may take in practice.