Wednesday 30th April, 2014
DLP is very pleased to be participating in this conference, which will be hosted on 30 April 2014 by KPMG and the UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence. We will give a major presentation of DLP findings to inform discussion.
Tuesday 15th April, 2014
On 15 April 2014, DLP will host a panel on 'The Primacy of Politics in Development' at the Political Studies Association conference in Manchester, UK.
Tuesday 11th March, 2014
How has aid affected the development of two Pacific universities? This seminar by Scott MacWilliam will take place on 11 March at the Australian National University.
Tuesday 4th March, 2014
From the most murderous city on earth to 'a new global standard for urban policy': Kate Maclean's DLP Research Paper unpacks the politics of change in the wake of crisis.
Tuesday 4th March, 2014
'Room For Maneuver' explores the politics of social sector policy reform in the Philippines. The book, co-edited by the late Adrian Leftwich, highlights lessons for reform advocates.
Wednesday 12th February, 2014
What motivates public servants to work well? The UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence (GCPSE) and the GSDRC are hosting the first of a series of online discussions on reinvigorating the public service. This first discussion, on the Motivation of Public Service Professionals, will run until 9 March.
Friday 24th January, 2014
We were delighted that over 100 scholars and development practitioners joined us for the Adrian Leftwich Memorial Conference on 24 January. We commemorated DLP's founding Director of Research with a fascinating day of reflection and discussion.
Wednesday 1st January, 2014
Why did the civil wars in Somaliland end while Somalia's continued? This new DLP Research Paper asks why large-scale violence was resolved in the internationally unrecognised 'Republic of Somaliland' but not in the rest of Somalia.
Thursday 12th December, 2013
Welcome to our new blog on politics, power, policy and developmental leadership. Current features include leadership beyond 'The Leader' and Gender - the power relationship that political economy analysis forgot.
Friday 6th December, 2013
Heather Marquette and David Hudson, DLP's directors of research, reflect on the inspirational achievements of Nelson Mandela - who embodied developmental leadership.
Friday 15th November, 2013
The PSA Development Politics Group and the University of Birmingham's International Development Department jointly hosted a workshop on the 15th November 2013. This explored the '(re)politicisation' of development studies and the need to move beyond criticism to constructive engagement with policy makers.
Friday 25th October, 2013
CLOSED. This post will support the management of DLP and GSDRC - both major research initiatives. It is a full-time role based at the University of Birmingham. Apply by 4 November.
Wednesday 23rd October, 2013
CLOSED. Are you a skilled communicator and editor with an interest in research communication? Join us as we develop an expanded communications strategy to help make DLP's research findings more accessible to decision-makers. This part-time role will be based at the University of Birmingham. Apply by 4 November.
Friday 5th July, 2013
Adrian directed his immense intellect, passion, and integrity towards better understanding the politics and leadership of development. The messages of loss, tribute and remembrance that we have received are shared here.
Friday 5th July, 2013
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Friday 5th July, 2013
It is our great pleasure to announce that the Developmental Leadership Program (DLP) has appointed Dr. Heather Marquette, of the University of Birmingham, as its new Director of Research. Finding a successor for our late Director of Research, Dr. Adrian Leftwich, was never going to be an easy task. We're confident, however, that in Heather we have found someone with the passion, energy, drive and above all intellectual integrity to take forward the DLP research team's already significant work and to build on Adrian's legacy. Over the coming months we will develop a strategic agenda for the next phase of our research.
Wednesday 13th March, 2013
DLP are pleased to present a new publication from GIZ entitled 'Triangular Cooperation: A guideline for working in practice', edited by Julia Langendorf, Nadine Piefer, Prof. Dr. Michèle Knodt, Dr. Ulrich Müller, and Lena Lázaro Rüther. Triangular cooperation is an interesting tool for development cooperation, linking North-South and South-South cooperation. However, there are still many open questions. In a joint approach of academia and practice, this publication attempts to give answers and presents illustrative cases to discuss the different aspects of triangular cooperation in practice.
Thursday 31st January, 2013
The Australian Aid Program has a strong interest in development issues in the Pacific. Though traditionally it has taken a rather technical, administrative and managerial approach to such issues, its recent public literature (and that of other aid agencies) reflects the green shoots of important new thinking around the importance of political and governance processes that can decisively promote or restrain development - and hence a more effective use of aid resources. This DLP Background Paper provides a short survey of the literature in the field and an assessment of the extent to which such research and policy announcements have really helped to provide and institutionalise a more politically informed understanding of development.
Tuesday 22nd January, 2013
As a recent DLP Research Paper showed, remarkably little serious academic research has been devoted to the role of leadership in the politics of development, though it is commonly referred to in policy documents as an important factor. While there is a substantial literature in the fields of business studies, corporate management and psychology, there remains a significant deficit in relation to development issues, but two important recent academic studies have begun to reduce that deficit. The second, by Robert Rotberg, 'Transformative Political Leadership: Making a difference in the developing world' is reviewed below.
Monday 14th January, 2013
As a recent DLP Research Paper showed, remarkably little serious academic research has been devoted to the role of leadership in the politics of development, though it is commonly referred to in policy documents as an important factor. While there is a substantial literature in the fields of business studies, corporate management and psychology, there remains a significant deficit in relation to development issues, but two important recent academic studies have begun to reduce that deficit. The first by Melo, Ng'ethe, & Manor 'Against the Odds: Politicians, institutions, and the struggle against poverty' is reviewed below.