Global Webinar Series 2022

Launched in February 2022, the TWP CoP Global Webinar Series addresses leading global affairs and development questions and debates related to Thinking and Working Politically. The Series consists of online webinars organised in collaboration with key partners that span a range of themes including; resilient health systems in the age of COVID-19, revitalising democracy, what localisation means in practice, and lessons learned in TWP in the past decade. To find out more, and to sign up, please see below.

Thursday 17th February 2022: Thinking Politically about Health Systems Resilience in the Context of COVID-19

In collaboration with The Policy Practice, and DAI Global Health

This event examined how the resilience of health systems has been shaped by political and institutional processes, and how the national and international response to COVID-19 has itself affected resilience. The discussion highlighted which factors have mattered most in different contexts and helps to set the agenda for future research in this area, including in the run-up to the 7th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR 2022), whose theme this year is ‘health systems performance in the political agenda.’

The event has now ended. Please click below to watch a recording and read an event write-up.


Monday 21st/ Tuesday 22nd March: Localisation and locally led development: An opportunity for thinking and working politically to deliver?

In collaboration with La Trobe University

The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated calls to “localise” aid, ushering much needed reflection about the nature of international development work and the need to ensure that development efforts are genuinely locally led, and that in-country partners have a leading voice in decisions that affect them. But what does localising aid mean in actual practice? This webinar discussed the key issues and debates on the localisation of aid and mapped out what some organisations are doing. Through using a TWP perspective highlighted the pressing questions, dilemmas, tensions, and debates which need to be addressed to keep the agenda moving forward.

This event has now ended. Please click below to read a write-up.


Wednesday 30th March: Engaging with Politics: towards smarter international support to revitalise democracy

In collaboration with ODI

This webinar explored how democracy assistance can be reconceptualised to get greater traction and relevance on the ground. The discussion focussed on different efforts across themes and areas of engagement in democracy support in a variety of countries and regions. In doing so, it provided key insights about how democracy can deliver and rebuild trust, and deepened understanding of where pressures for democratic reform can inform more effective international development efforts to foster democracy.

This event has now finished. Please click on the button below to watch a recording and read a summary.


June 2022 (TBC): Thinking and Working Politically: what have we learned since 2013?

In collaboration with Abt Associates

Based on Graham Teskey’s recent think piece, this webinar will trace the evolution of the idea and practice of TWP since 2013, and will identify the key lessons that emerge from this journey. In it, panellists will discuss what has been achieved operationally, asking among other things how ideas underpinning TWP have affected operational practice, what has gotten greater traction, what less, and why, and where we may be heading next with TWP. It will set out a path to keep the agenda moving forward.

More information on time and date coming soon.