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.
The first of the Developmental Leadership Program's 'State of the Art' papers is now available. Our SOTA series aims to lay the groundwork for future DLP research by setting out what existing research evidence and development practice tell us about the politics of development in key areas.
We are delighted to welcome Tait Brimacombe and Gillian Fletcher to the DLP team at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Their research will explore issues including women's involvement in political processes, and strengthening capacity for development through communication.
‘If the herd of cows splits up, the tiger can eat them’: civil society and social justice in Myanmar
On 10 July DLP Research Fellow Gillian Fletcher brought together a panel of civil society actors from across Myanmar for the Australian Myanmar Institute conference. They discussed how to use a diversity and values framework to promote equality and social justice.
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.
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.
What works in achieving progressive change? How do power and systems shape change, and how can you influence them? Join Oxfam's Duncan Green on Thursday 19 January to discuss the themes of his new book 'How Change Happens'. The presentation will be followed by a drinks reception and book signing.
Dr Duncan Green presents the ideas from his recent book, How Change Happens, in a series of appearances across Australia next month. Organised by the Research for Development Impact (RDI) Network, the events are co-presented by DLP in partnership with a range of development and research agencies.
Working Politically Behind Red Lines: Structure and agency in a comparative study of women's coalitions in Egypt and Jordan
This study examines six cases of collective initiatives to advance women’s rights in Egypt and Jordan between 2000 and 2010. It explores what accounts for the emergence, success and failure of women’s coalitions in these two countries.
This brief is based on a review of the literature on security and justice provision. It notes that the importance of a politically nuanced approach to security and justice programming is widely recognised, but a mismatch between policy and practice remains.
There is a consensus amongst academics and practitioners that security and justice are intrinsically political. When providing assistance in this sector, donors are engaging with the fundamentally political nature of the state. This literature review examines current knowledge on how politics and power affect security and justice programming, and vice versa, and how donors can provide assistance in this sector that is more politically informed.
This paper uses survey data from Transparency International's 2013 Global Corruption Barometer to examine what determines people's willingness to act against corruption in 71 countries.
This series of 10 Active Citizenship case studies and a synthesis paper of lessons learned have been published by Oxfam as part of a research project supported by DLP.
Executive Summary 31 - Who will be the 'Principled Principals'? The determinants of active opposition to corruption
This paper uses survey data from Transparency International’s 2013 Global Corruption Barometer to examine what determines people’s willingness to act against corruption in 71 countries.
This paper discusses three theoretical perspectives that can increase our understanding of corruption and how to address it.
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.
Even where there are no functioning state structures, few societies remain ungoverned. This paper surveys the literature on development and non-state actors. It sets out the evidence for the merits of engaging politically with NSAs by incorporating them into governance and statebuilding programmes, and examines the challenges this may pose.
This paper notes that the evidence suggests truly inclusive political settlements will need to involve any non-state actors able to exercise significant economic, political, or social influence on the development process, regardless of whether this influence is positive or negative.
The provision of public services typically involves many actors, state and non-state, at different phases of the process. The variety of interfaces between the state and the private sector can have important implications – for how services are delivered and who benefits, for the balance of power, for state legitimacy, and for accountability. This paper seeks to understand the conditions in which different institutional arrangements for public service provision produce developmental outcomes.
This paper finds that most services are provided by multiple actors, although the combinations of roles and modes of interaction vary. There is strong evidence that public-private partnerships work best where there is a good fit with local norms and expectations – legitimacy – and structured relationships with institutions that can monitor providers and have the independence to do so.
This Concept Brief outlines how development challenges have been viewed as collective action problems. It suggests issues for external actors to take into account in considering how – and whether – to incorporate collective action theory into development programming.
Testing Transparency: The Political Economy of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in Myanmar
This paper explores the political economy dynamics of extractive resources in Myanmar and, specifically, the EITI process. It examines the interests of political, administrative, private sector and civil society actors engaged in this process and the contests among them. It considers how the EITI process has contributed to Myanmar’s continuing economic and political reforms and identifies challenges and emerging lessons.
This annotated bibliography identifies academic and more policy-oriented literature about the relationship between service delivery and state legitimacy, social cohesion and social stability.
Executive Summary - Testing Transparency: The Political Economy of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in Myanmar
This two-page summary of the paper below highlights emerging lessons from Myanmar's Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative process.
This paper explores the role of higher education in the emergence of developmental leaders and the formation of networks among leaders in the Philippines. Its findings nuance the perennial emphasis on human capital as an outcome of higher education, highlighting the importance of social capital - particularly of networks with people from other backgrounds.
This paper presents findings from five case studies of coalitions in the Pacific region. It aims to address gaps in our understanding of the role played by civil society and coalitions in challenging gendered power structures and promoting women’s leadership and decision-making in the Pacific.
Brief - Power, Politics and Coalitions in the Pacific: Lessons from Collective Action on Gender and Power
This brief summarises findings from case studies of five gender-focused coalitions in the Pacific, and discusses the implications for coalitions and their supporters.
This paper reports on a survey experiment across 1,000 households in Jakarta that tested how four different messages affected respondents’ perceptions of corruption and of efforts to tackle it by government and ordinary citizens. Surprisingly, ‘positive’ messages about anticorruption action and successes tended to have the same unwelcome effects as 'negative' messages about corruption's prevalence. The paper discusses these findings and what they could mean for anticorruption efforts.
Getting the message: Examining the intended - and unintended - impacts of corruption awareness-raising
This study analyses data from a survey-experiment in Jakarta to test the assumption that awareness-raising messaging about corruption shapes beliefs about the issue and encourages civic activism against it.