News & Events
On 15 April 2014, DLP will host a panel on 'The Primacy of Politics in Development' at the Political Studies Association conference in Manchester, UK.
Five core themes run through the heart of this new-look Developmental Leadership Program website. They are signposts to help visitors explore our research, and they are the building blocks of the new strategy that will guide our work over the next three years.
The newly-published 'Routledge Handbook of Political Corruption' includes a contribution from DLP Director Heather Marquette in its section on new directions emerging in corruption research.
A new DLP research paper asks what makes the middle classes oppose or support initiatives intended to lift people out of poverty, and how the development community can secure their approval of such policies.
This public event in London on April 2 will explore how to support 'Doing development differently'. It is being organised by the University of Birmingham, ODI and RTI International. Prof Richard Batley (UoB), Dr David Booth (ODI) and DLP's Dr David Hudson will chair the workshop.
DLP team members David Hudson and Alina Rocha Menocal joined a wide range of speakers at this event in London on 29 June.
A new article in the journal Governance explores citizens' perceptions of corruption and their willingness to engage in anticorruption activism. It is co-authored by DLP Research Fellow Caryn Peiffer.
Debate over women's clothing and how issues of gender equality are reflected in such discussions is the subject of an article by Tait Brimacombe, published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology.
DLP researcher Tait Brimacombe and researchers from the University of the South Pacific are exploring how feminists and women's rights activists in Fiji are using digital technologies.
A collaborative workshop at La Trobe University, Melbourne, at which DLP Senior Partner Chris Roche and Dr Sarah Phillips were panellists, considered whether democracy is an appropriate framework for efforts to make sense of the struggles of fragile states.
This small study shows that, although they welcome democracy, a sample of urban and rural poor in three Latin American countries regard democratic politics as distant from their preoccupations and are somewhat cynical about their elected leaderships.
This Research Paper presents findings from primary research in Malawi that examined elites' attitudes towards poverty and how to reduce it. It shows that their attitudes affect the policies they are willing to support and implement. The findings question the sustainability of Malawi's cash transfers beyond donor funding.
This paper presents findings from primary research in Malawi that examined elites' attitudes towards poverty and how to reduce it. It shows that their attitudes affect which policies they are willing to support. The paper argues that the planning of cash transfer programmes needs to involve more consideration of the country-specific attitudes of elites.
A growing number of authors have argued that anti-corruption interventions have not worked because they have not taken into account that corruption is a collective action problem. This paper argues that three theoretical perspectives, not just collective action theory, can increase our understanding of corruption and how to address it.
This study finds that self-interest is not the only driver of middle class views of assistance for the poor in India: ideas and values are important. It notes the importance of understanding the reasons for middle class disengagement from poverty in developing countries. It suggests a political approach to policy design involving less focus on institutions and more focus on public opinion.
This paper discusses three theoretical perspectives that can increase our understanding of corruption and how to address it.
Executive Summary 33 - What Do Indian Middle Class Attitudes to Poverty Tell Us About the Politics of Poverty Reduction?
This paper finds that self-interest is not the only driver of middle class views of assistance for the poor in India: ideas and values are important. It suggests a political approach to policy design involving less focus on institutions and more focus on public opinion
This Concept Brief asks: How can we usefully define gender and sexuality in work that seeks to address inequality? Where are the intersections between gender and sexuality? What do we gain in our efforts to address inequality if we see gender and sexuality as linked? It makes the case for a focus on the processes and value judgements that underpin all inequalities, rather than on categories of people.
The limitations of education for addressing corruption: lessons from attitudes towards reporting in Papua New Guinea
This discussion paper, published in collaboration with the Australian National University's Development Policy Centre, finds that the positive effects of education on willingness to report corruption are significantly diminished when citizens lack trust that authorities will address corruption.
This paper summarises the state of knowledge on Pacific women’s leadership in three spheres: formal politics, the bureaucracy, and civil society. A key finding is that Pacific women’s prominent informal peacebuilding role has not always led to their participation in formal peacebuilding processes.
This paper finds that Pacific women's prominent informal peacebuilding role has not always led to their participation in formal peacebuilding processes. It notes that women's impact on governance and policy-making in the region has received little scrutiny. Further, although gender analyses carried out as part of donor-funded capacity development programmes contain much information on women's participation in Pacific bureaucracies, this material is rarely made public.
Most anticorruption programs now include awareness raising about corruption and about efforts to tackle it, but there is little evidence available to tell us how effective these messages are. This brief summarises what we know from research so far, and discusses the potential impact of anticorruption messages in Papua New Guinea.
‘Islands of integrity?’ Reductions in bribery in Uganda and South Africa and lessons for anti-corruption policy and practice
This paper sets out lessons from a mixed-methods study that identified and explored ‘positive outlier’ cases of bribery reduction in challenging governance environments. It discusses two cases: Uganda’s health sector (2010-2015); and police-related bribery in South Africa’s Limpopo province (2011-2015). The findings suggest the importance of disrupting corruption patterns and of unintended consequences for anti-corruption policy and practice.