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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2016 Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture

Thursday 27th October 2016

The annual lecture in memory of DLP's founding Director of Research, Adrian Leftwich, will be given this year by Nic van de Walle, Professor of International Studies at Cornell University, on Wednesday, 16 November in Manchester.

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Research evidence presented to International Development Committee

Tuesday 25th October 2016

DLP Research Fellow Suda Perera has presented findings from her research into armed groups and political inclusion in the Democratic Republic of Congo to the UK Parliament's International Development Committee.

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