Thinking and acting politically is central to the SAVI programme. We support staff and partners to analyse the power relations that shape change in their state, and to use this knowledge to inform their decision-making. This includes decisions made by SAVI state teams relating to the issues and partners they engage with and support, and the alliances and partnerships they help to facilitate. It also includes decisions made by partners on ways to advance government responsiveness on their issues and processes of concern.
Partners are encouraged to start their ambitions and activities small and go to scale gradually. They use flexible and adaptive approaches, learn from experience, and gradually build their confidence, credibility and networks – resulting in higher ambitions and higher impact over time.
This applied approach to political economy analysis is rigorous at the same time as being accessible, engaging and effective. It results in politically smart thinking becoming normal and central to the day to day planning and action of staff and partners.