This paper presents four cases where social network analysis (SNA) was
used in a development programme. It focuses not so much on the
organisational qualities of networks nor on the virtual networks
facilitated by software, but on the analysis of connectivity in real
world networks. Most of the cases are unintentional networks. What
literature there is on network analysis within the development sector
tends to focus on intentional networks and their quality. Experience
suggests there is considerable benefit to examining and understanding
the linkages in unintentional networks, and this is a key part of this
The four cases illustrate how social network analysis can:
- Identify investments in training, and enable effective targeting of
- Analyse a policy environment for linkages between people, and enable
- Analyse an emerging policy environment, and stimulate linkages between
different converging sectors.
- Look back on and understand the flow of ideas, thereby learning about
enabling an environment for innovation.
Batchelor, S.J. Learning about Analysing Networks to Support Development Work? IDS Practice Paper in Brief 1. Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK (2011) 12 pp.
Learning about Analysing Networks to Support Development Work? IDS Practice Paper in Brief 1.