A Report on DLP's first Research and Policy Workshop in Frankfurt
What is to be done? Leaderships and Coalitions in the politics of development
There is now wide recognition that political processes – and especially the role of leaderships and coalitions, both in and across the public and private domains – are fundamental in shaping and sustaining the institutional and policy environment that promotes or frustrates sustainable economic growth, political stability, security and inclusive social development. That being so, what is to be done? What does it mean for development policy and practice? What can the international community do to support and encourage the emergence of developmental political processes at all levels and in all sector and issue areas, and why is there such reluctance to do so? Under what circumstances do developmental leaderships and coalitions emerge and how can they be facilitated and encouraged?
In seeking to address some of these issues, the DLP held its first Research and Policy Workshop in Frankfurt in March, 2011. This paper provides a summary of the key findings, insights and initial guidance arising from the workshop and from recent phases of DLP research. Participants included colleagues from DFID, GIZ, AusAID, Transparency International, The Asia Foundation, Oxfam Australia, The Policy Practice, the World Bank, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and GRIPS (Japan). The views expressed in this document do not necessarily reflect the views of all those present at the Workshop but draw heavily on their many and rich contributions.
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