Background Paper 5 - Overview and Objectives: The Developmental Leadership Program

The Developmental Leadership Program (DLP) addresses an important gap in international thinking and policy about the critical role played by leaders, elites and coalitions in the politics of development. 

Current development thinking tends to focus on institutional change, policy reform and structural adjustment in the economics and politics of developing countries. By contrast, the DLP’s growing program brings together government, academic, business and civil society partners to explore and promote the role of human agency in the dynamic political processes of development. 

DLP addresses the policy, strategic and operational implications of  ‘thinking and working politically’ – for example, how to help key players (both individuals and organizations) solve collective action problems, forge developmental coalitions, negotiate effective institutions, promote successful policy reforms and build stable states.

About DLP

The Developmental Leadership Program (DLP) is an international research initiative that explores how leadership, power and political processes drive or block successful development.

DLP focuses on the crucial role of home-grown leaderships and coalitions in forging legitimate political settlements and institutions that promote developmental outcomes, such as sustainable growth, political stability and inclusive social development.

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News

New findings on education and developmental leadership in the Philippines

Thursday 15th September 2016

New research from DLP and the University of Glasgow explores the role of higher education in the emergence of leaders who promote development in the Philippines. See the policy brief, podcast and paper.

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Political settlements in Africa

Thursday 7th July 2016

Political settlements in Africa, the politics of inclusion and the role of international actors were the focus of the most recent BISA Africa Working Group workshop, convened by DLP Research Fellow Suda Perera at the University of Birmingham.

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