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Security and justice: the first in a new series of literature reviews

The first of the Developmental Leadership Program’s State of the Art (SOTA) papers is now available. 
 
Our SOTA series aims to lay the groundwork for future DLP research by setting out what existing research evidence and development practice tell us about the politics of development in key areas. These papers survey the literature, with three aims: 
 
  • to clarify what is already known about an issue and the policy implications of that research evidence; 
  • to suggest areas for further investigation by identifying knowledge gaps; 
  • to guide future DLP research, so that it is problem-focused, useful and innovative. 
To ensure the rigour, validity and utility of these papers, they are peer reviewed internally and externally by both academic and policy or programming experts. We hope the SOTA papers will also be useful to other researchers and commissioners of research, and to policymakers and practitioners.
 
In this first paper in the series, Shivit Bakrania examines Security and justice: towards politically informed programming. He notes that although the importance of a politically nuanced approach to security and justice is widely recognised, there is still a mismatch between policy and practice. He sets out principles and evidence gaps that emerge from the literature. Shivit reflects on his findings in this blog post, and has written a two-page brief summarising key points and policy considerations.
 
Shivit is an independent research consultant in conflict, security and development, and an honorary research associate of the University of Birmingham (UK). 
 
The next papers in the DLP SOTA series are scheduled for publication in the autumn. They will examine authoritarian leadership, non-state actors, and the interaction of political and bureaucratic leadership.
 

 

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