Action learning: a new methodology for working politically

DLP is creating a new methodology to help development practitioners. Action learning is a different way for them to monitor and evaluate their work as they experiment with new ways of 'thinking and working politically' (TWP). The aim is to build an evidence base of the successes and failures of TWP, and build practitioners’ skills through research-based learning. It does this by rigorously documenting, contextualising and explaining the processes and outcomes of development programs as they unfold.

Action learning departs from established forms of internal monitoring and evaluation, external consultancy-based assessments and academic-style organisational ethnography in a number of ways. It is solidly grounded in expert knowledge of the contexts in which practitioners and their partners operate. It is rooted in analytical frameworks drawn from established literatures. It takes account of current debates about development among academics and development practitioners. Finally, it offers regular opportunities for discussion and debate with development practitioners and their partners. 


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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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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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