Background

The Developmental Leadership Program (DLP) was founded in 2006 by the late Dr Adrian Leftwich in close association with Steve Hogg, senior governance specialist at the Australian aid program. The aim was to produce a body of research to address an important knowledge gap about the role of leaders and coalitions in the politics of development. 

Between 2006-2013, DLP gathered significant evidence on the role and importance of leadership and coalitions in developmental outcomes in sectors ranging from education to climate change. Its findings have helped shape international thinking on the politics of development and have influenced more than AU$ 1 billion of aid programming.

Since the sad loss of Adrian Leftwich in April 2013, his colleagues have been working to preserve and build on his legacy. 

In 2013, DLP established its research hub at the University of Birmingham (UK), where DLP’s new Director of Research, Dr Heather Marquette, is Reader in Development Politics. The new three-year research grant from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) marks a first step towards the consolidation of DLP as a global partnership. The DLP team is in the process of establishing partnerships with other leading academic institutions around the world.

 

About DLP

The Developmental Leadership Program (DLP) is an international research initiative that explores how leadership, power and political processes drive or block successful development.

DLP focuses on the crucial role of home-grown leaderships and coalitions in forging legitimate political settlements and institutions that promote developmental outcomes, such as sustainable growth, political stability and inclusive social development.

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News

Doing Development Differently workshop - Jakarta 2017

Thursday 30th March 2017

Putting the concept of Thinking and Working Politically into practice was at the heart of a workshop on 15-16 March attended by more than 200 delegates from the field of international development. Delegates from the government, civil service and local organisations of the host country, Indonesia, were joined by academics, including DLP researchers, and staff from donor organisations and NGOs.

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DLP shares research at FCO Africa Study Day

Monday 27th March 2017

DLP findings on the Democratic Republic of Congo were among the topics discussed with with UK diplomats and civil servants at the FCO's Africa Study Day, held at Sandhurst on 21 March. This year's Foreign and Commonwealth Office event was organised by University of Birmingham's International Development Department, home to DLP.

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