Policy Formulation

Beyond analysis, IDPI works with governments to formulate high-quality policies, programmes, regulations, strategies and investment plans. We advise on the trade-offs between politically feasible and financially realistic policy instruments. Through cost-benefit analyses, we assess the budget implications of any change. In addition, we employ political economy specialists to ensure policy change is inclusive and sustainable. 

Policy Analysis

At IDPI, we are experts at carrying out robust policy analysis to make sure leaders across the developing world make policy decisions based on robust evidence. Our team uses a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze policy issues and provide advice across a range of policy areas, such as agriculture, food security and trade. We apply cost benefit analysis, policy analysis matrix, econometrics, and partial or general equilibrium models to assess the impact of any policy decision before it is implemented. 

Public Expenditure Analysis, Planning & Budget Reform

At IDPI, we believe that efficient and effective government spending on research, infrastructure or market development, is key for agricultural transformation. We have leading expertise on public expenditure analysis and planning that builds on internationally recognized methodologies. Our reports can provide highly disaggregated overviews of the composition and levels of government support to the agricultural sector, food security and the environment. Our experts have worked with a number of international organizations and governments to set spending priorities and boost the impact of agricultural budgets to achieve growth targets and fight rural poverty.  

Stakeholder Engagement

As analysts, advisors and changemakers, we are convinced that effective policy change requires the active involvement of stakeholders all throughout the policy process. At IDPI, we have developed good practices for effective stakeholder engagement. We always build on our great network of local experts, policy research institutes and NGOs to get a solid understanding of the policy context. We apply tailored engagement and communication methods to actively engage stakeholders in the planning, formulation, implementation and evaluation stages of any new policy or programme.  

Value Chain Analysis

We undertake value chain analysis to develop research-based policy solutions focused on enhancing competitiveness and increasing investment in crops, livestock and agricultural input chains. For a holistic perspective, we assess the roles of agribusinesses, farmers, retailers and consumers to better understand how value-added is distributed along the chain. IDPI has experience in carrying out value chain studies across different chains (fertilizer, seed, cotton, livestock) and countries. 

Capacity Development

Capacity development is at the heart of IDPI’s vision of development in which national organizations build knowledge and know-how to drive their country's own development process. We have successfully delivered onsite and offsite training, distance learning, mentoring and coaching to policy analysts and researchers on methods for policy analysis, value chain analysis, public expenditure review and budget planning, in the areas of agriculture, food security, nutrition and trade.

Monitoring & Evaluation

IDPI has collaborated with both governments and development organisations to monitor and evaluate projects and programs to assess and increase impact. Our monitoring and evaluation work can serve to document successes and failures to develop organizational learning and to enhance the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, and sustainability of project and programmes performance. IDPI has extensive experience in project monitoring and evaluation in developing countries of Africa, Latin America, and Asia. We also have experience in tracking the influence of development organizations on policy reform.  


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IDPI offers seminars and workshops to develop negotiation skills applied to food, agricultural and trade policies. Using methods from the leading Harvard Law School's Project on Negotiation, the trainings aim at improving analytical and interpersonal skills of government officials in bilateral and multilateral negotiation settings. Beyond theory, IDPI helps develop a practice of negotiation, dealing with aspects such as how to prepare and implement a negotiation strategy, how to develop a clear understanding of negotiation processes, how to build and maintain trust and how to communicate and report effectively. Role plays are used to simulate negotiation scenarios. IDPI associates have delivered various workshops in Europe, Sub Saharan Africa, Northern Africa, South East Asia and the Caribbean to help government officials acquire more effective negotiation skills in the context of agricultural trade negotiations or agricultural policy reforms.