News & Events
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.
Research Fellow Suda Perera was among the expert panellists for a Guardian Development Professionals Network Q&A on 6 November. She drew on her recent research in the DRC to discuss the issue, 'After aid, how can development work in unstable states?'
DLP's Director Heather Marquette has commented in 'The Guardian' on the UK aid watchdog's criticism of DFID's impact in tackling petty corruption. She calls the ICAI report 'a wasted opportunity to rethink how we deliver aid with integrity'. Today in 'The Conversation' she suggests ways forward.
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.
Niheer Dasandi was among the speakers at a Global Governance Institute event, Power, Development and Messy Politics: Dilemmas of International Aid, on 18 January. He shared findings on how donors could think politically about difficult choices.
Seeing power and complex social systems clearly is the first step towards supporting positive developmental change, says Oxfam Strategic Director and DLP research partner Duncan Green. He discussed the themes of his latest book at a recent International Development Department guest seminar at the University of Birmingham.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
This paper explores the role of public service provision in undermining state legitimacy. It analyses why higher education aggravated a dual crisis of the legitimacy of the Sri Lankan state during the critical juncture of 1956-1974.
This two-page brief draws on an in-depth case study of higher education and processes of state (de-)legitimation over three decades in Sri Lanka.
This paper draws on five case studies to highlight lessons from the experience of the Facility for Oil Sector Transparency and Reform (FOSTER) programme in Nigeria.
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.
This brief highlights key points from DLP's 10-year synthesis report, Inside the Black Box of Political Will.
This briefing note summarises key findings and implications from the Gender and Politics in Practice (GAPP) research project. It argues that development practice is greatly strengthened by integrating politically informed and gender aware ways of working. It draws on the 17 GAPP case studies to highlight practical lessons on bringing insights from these two approaches together.
This paper draws together reflections and practical lessons from case studies of development programs that are seeking both to be gender aware and to understand and engage with power and politics. It aims to provide food for thought for donor organisations and development programs. It is part of the Gender and Politics in Practice series.