Different Take on Africa - a joint statement
At the initiative of Ole Therkildsen, the Danish Institute of International Studies (DIIS), recently brought together five major research groups, including the Developmental Leadership Program (DLP), to discuss and share their findings on the politics of development with special reference to Africa.
While each of the research groups approach this key developmental question from different angles, they all explore the diverse ways in which political and policy choices, elites, leaders, informal institutions, incentive structures, coalitions and democratization processes have shaped development trajectories at different levels and in different economic and social sectors.
Encouragingly, and despite the varying angles of attack, their findings overlapped on enough common ground to enable the groups to agree a Joint Statement which can now be downloaded from the DLP website here.
The statement was presented to a large audience at DIIS on 30th March, 2012, including a number of high-level national and international development agency personnel, where it was received and discussed with much interest. A new blog on the Political Economy of Development in Africa has been created where you can find out more about this collaboration and get involved in the discussion: