Education and developmental leadership
DLP research has already illuminated links between quality secondary and higher education and successful developmental leadership in Ghana, Somaliland, and Mauritius. For example, an in-depth study of the education of Ghana's developmental leaders, research paper 26 (2014), found that quality senior secondary and higher education was important in forming leaders with the skills, values and networks they needed to achieve major democratic, economic and media reforms.
This followed broader studies that found a positive correlation between higher education and good governance (research paper 10), and that identified potential ways in which factors such as teaching method, the subjects studied, extra-curricular activities and social networks can foster developmental leadership (research paper 18).
Building on the Ghana study in particular, another wave of investigation is now underway to extend and test the findings. Complementary case studies will include Papua New Guinea and the Philippines.
In the Philippines, research by Professor Michele Schweisfurth will provide in-depth analysis of additional themes: teaching style and method; student mobility; the impact of ethnic and religious divisions in a conflict or post-conflict society; and the political economy of how individuals' educational development and social capital are translated – or not – into national development.
Researchers: Laura Brannelly, Amir Jones, Charlotte Jones, Laura Lewis, Susy Ndaruhutse, and Michelle Schweisfurth
- Research Paper 26 - Higher Education and Developmental Leadership: The Case of Ghana
- Research Paper 18 - Learning and Leadership: Exploring the linkages between higher education and developmental leadership
- Research Paper 10 - Higher education and the formation of developmental elites: A literature review and preliminary data analysis