The Country Social Analysis (CSA) is a macro-level analytical approach developed to improve our understanding of a country’s social and political context. Among other uses, CSA findings can contribute to country strategies, inform policy dialogue, and support the overall design of development programs.
"I would consider the Iraq CSA as a 'best practice' since we found the [social] dynamics and perceptions of trust – who trusts whom, especially how tribes relate to formal institutions and how trust affects attitudes toward public service delivery - to be very useful for operations. The CSA subsequently enabled us to design a CDD project." (CM - Timor L'Este)
This site contains a variety of resources for those new to the CSA as well as for seasoned practitioners. We encourage you to refer to CSA guidance notes enclosed in each section, explore the resource library for further reading and browse the database for CSA examples.