Leadership training for development

DLP is more than a research initiative. We are working with the Australia Awards Scholarship program to develop leadership training for scholarship recipients from fragile states. It will run alongside the program's educational scholarships, and the intention is to support students who want to develop leadership skills to help them become effective reformers in politically fragile arenas.

We have also looked closely at leadership development programs, trying to analyse and identify best practice. There is a profusion of such programs in the developing world, and given the ambiguity surrounding the concept of 'leadership', it is often difficult to differentiate between them. If they are being used as a tool for development policy, our research suggests donor and recipient organisations need to be much more discriminating when choosing or designing programs; understanding the 'political' nature of leadership is key to choosing or designing a good program.

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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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Putting the concept of Thinking and Working Politically into practice was at the heart of a workshop on 15-16 March attended by more than 200 delegates from the field of international development. Delegates from the government, civil service and local organisations of the host country, Indonesia, were joined by academics, including DLP researchers, and staff from donor organisations and NGOs.

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DLP shares research at FCO Africa Study Day

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DLP findings on the Democratic Republic of Congo were among the topics discussed with with UK diplomats and civil servants at the FCO's Africa Study Day, held at Sandhurst on 21 March. This year's Foreign and Commonwealth Office event was organised by University of Birmingham's International Development Department, home to DLP.

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