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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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 article: A typology of interaction between politicians and bureaucrats

Tuesday 14th March 2017

DLP Research Fellow Niheer Dasandi has co-authored a new article on how bureaucrats and politicians interact, and how this affects reform efforts. It appears in 'Public Administration and Development'.

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Power and systems, and their role in developmental change: Guest seminar with Duncan Green

Tuesday 21st February 2017

Seeing power and complex social systems clearly is the first step towards supporting positive developmental change, says Oxfam Strategic Director and DLP research partner Duncan Green. He discussed the themes of his latest book at a recent International Development Department guest seminar at the University of Birmingham.

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