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.