DLP Research

DLP's research examines the political processes that drive or constrain development. 

It focuses especially on the role of developmental leaderships and coalitions in promoting or resisting institutional and policy reform to support sustainable growth, political stability and inclusive social development. It seeks to learn from diverse contexts in all regions of the world.

Our core research themes

  • Politically informed programming
  • Political settlements and the politics and inclusion
  • Reform coalitions
  • Leaderships
  • Attitudes, values and ideas.

See an overview of  The research of the Developmental Leadership Program: findings and future directions (January 2014; PDF, 1.4 MB).

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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

Guatemala: Transformation against the odds

Tuesday 26th January 2016

A new article by Alina Rocha Menocal discusses how the combination of an internationally-backed initiative against organised crime and a mass protest movement has played a crucial role in sowing the seeds for 'transformation against the odds' in Guatemala.

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New article on political economy analysis and ownership

Thursday 7th January 2016

A new article by Dr Jonathan Fisher and DLP Director Dr Heather Marquette discusses the tensions between development agencies' focus on donor-centric political economy analysis and their interest in fostering partner countries' ownership of development agendas and programmes.

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