Leadership for development: where does political will come from?
10 October 2018, 17:00-18:30, University of Birmingham, UK
Development is hampered by what can seem intractable problems, such as exclusion or weak services. Over the past 10 years, DLP research has examined how leadership, power and political processes have driven change in diverse sectors in 44 countries – from peace against the odds in Somaliland to urban transformation in Colombia.
This event unpacked findings from DLP’s 10-year synthesis report on how leadership works at three levels: individual, collective and societal. Speakers included DLP’s Directors Prof. David Hudson and Dr. Claire Mcloughlin; Greg Power, Founder of Global Partners Governance; and former DLP Director Prof. Heather Marquette.
DLP is a research collaboration based in the University of Birmingham’s International Development Department, and is supported by the Australian government.
Why political settlements matter: 5 October 2017, ODI, London
This event was held to discuss the findings and implications of research presented in a Special Issue of the Journal of International Development, co-edited by Alina Rocha Menocal (DLP and ODI) and Jan Pospisil (Political Settlements Research Programme at the University of Edinburgh). See event details
How Change Happens: Seminar by Duncan Green, 19 January 2017, Birmingham UK
What works in achieving progressive change? How do power and systems shape change, and how can you influence them? At this event Duncan Green, Strategic Adviser at Oxfam GB, discussed the themes of his new book How Change Happens. See event details
Political settlements and public service performance: 12-14 April 2016, Singapore
This conference considered public service reform through the political settlement lens, with a focus on non-crisis countries. How can the impact of public administration for development in any particular political system be maximised? The event brought together development professionals, academics and government and civil society representatives. It was hosted by the UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence in partnership with DLP and the Centre for Public Impact. Among the speakers were Verena Fritz, Mushtaq Khan, Brian Levy, DLP's Alina Rocha Menocal, and Michael Woolcock. See event details
Power, Politics and Positive Deviance: DLP Annual Conference 2016
8 February 2016, La Trobe University, Melbourne
The focus of the conference was on positive cases that show how an understanding of power and politics has been successfully incorporated into social change processes. We explored the degree to which external development agencies and influences have contributed to these processes. See the conference videos, podcasts and blog series.
Corruption and development: What do we know, what works, and why should we care?
29 June 2015, University College London, UK
This public, collaborative event considered how international development actors can tackle corruption more effectively in the contexts where they work. Drawing in particular on a recent DFID Evidence Paper and other emerging research on corruption, it brought together speakers from the fields of research, policymaking, practice and advocacy. More
Political settlements workshop, 17 June 2015, Bangkok
What are 'political settlements'? How can they help us understand processes of state formation, including evolving state-society relations, patterns of inclusion and exclusion, and prospects for political, social and economic transformation? How can a political settlements approach enable donors to engage more effectively in efforts to foster progressive change? This workshop brought together researchers, policymakers and practitioners who are working on these issues. More
DLP Annual Conference 2015: The Politics of Inequality
On 12 February, DLP held its 2015 Annual Conference on the theme of the politics of inequality, at the University of Birmingham. The conference explored questions including: How does politics create or maintain inequalities, and which inequalities, and why? Who are the actors, what are the social structures involved? How do power, norms and ideas sustain inequalities? We were delighted to welcome Professor Frances Stewart as our keynote speaker.