News & Events
In April 2010, Mr Alan Morris (Chair of the Steering Committee, DLP), Steve Hogg (Program Director), and Adrian Leftwich (Research Director) visited and gave presentations on the work of the DLP to the DAC (OECD), GTZ (Germany), ADF (France), Transparency International (Berlin), and GAVI (Geneva), and they discussed ways of cooperation and partnership.
DLP's Director of Research, Adrian Leftwich, presented at one of the panels at the Triennial World Congress of the Society for International Development (SID), in Washington DC between the 29th-31st July 2011. The panel was entitled "Looking Forward: Pathways toward Inclusion through Political Change" and his presentation was on 'Beyond and below Institutions: organizations, politics and leadership'. The theme of this year's congress was "Our Common Challenge: A World Moving toward a Sustainable Future" and the event brought together professionals from diverse sectors and constituencies to debate critical ideas, policies and practices and to shape future development thinking and policy.
The DLP has completed the first phase of its research program and we are now commencing a second wave of research. New research projects include: continuing research on Higher Education and Development; African Leadership and the 'emerging' African 'success' stories; the politics of social sector reform in the Philippines; an exploration of anti-corruption successes; political analysis for development practitioners; disability coalitions; leaders, coalitions and reform in violence affected communities: local reform coalitions in Medell?n, Columbia; action research exploring AusAID's Coalitions for Change (CfC) programme in the Philippines; Political settlements in Somaliland; leadership and development in very small states; and 'Thinking politically, working politically, what does it mean?'
DLP consolidates its partnership with La Trobe University, Australia, this week. On 13 June, DLP's directors, Dr Heather Marquette and Dr David Hudson, will meet with members of La Trobe's Institute for Human Security and Social Change to share research findings and plan future collaboration.
DLP has begun a new phase of work led by the University of Birmingham, with funding in place until 2017. The new research grant marks a first step towards the consolidation of DLP as a global partnership.
Two exciting opportunities have arisen for an accomplished research fellow and senior research fellow to work with DLP at La Trobe University's Institute for Human Security and Social Change. VACANCIES NOW CLOSED.
DLP-commissioned research is being fed into the continuing debate on the post-2015 agenda to establish development priorities beyond the Millennium Development Goals.
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.
DLP research fellow Dr Niheer Dasandi was among the speakers at the New Directions in International Political Economy conference in Warwick this week. He and DLP's Dr David Hudson will be editing Edward Elgar's forthcoming 'Handbook of the International Political Economy of Development'.
Dr Heather Marquette leads a team of DLP researchers who will present their work at the OECD this week. They will share findings with two INCAF Task Teams at discussions of the Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Goals on legitimate politics and on revenues and services.
Suda Perera's new book chapter explains how chaos theory can help us understand identity-formation in protracted refugee situations.
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 new research initiative at US university The New School focuses on the social contract as a means of revitalising thinking and practice about peacebuilding. DLP Senior Research Fellow Alina Rocha Menocal has joined the team of thematic and policy specialists who form the working group supporting the project and its researchers.
DLP findings on the Democratic Republic of Congo were among the topics discussed with with UK diplomats and civil servants at the FCO's Africa Study Day, held at Sandhurst on 21 March. This year's Foreign and Commonwealth Office event was organised by University of Birmingham's International Development Department, home to DLP.
New article - To Boldly Know: Knowledge, Peacekeeping and Remote Data Gathering in Conflict-Affected States
In this article in the Journal of International Peacekeeping, DLP researcher Suda Perera critically evaluates crowdsourcing's uses and abuses, and warns against an over-reliance on remotely gathered conflict data.
Achieving Reforms in Oligarchical Democracies: The Role of Leadership and Coalitions in the Philippines
This paper examines the role of developmental leadership in two major reforms introduced in the Philippines in 2012: the Sin Tax Reform and the re-registration of voters in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
The key contention of the Developmental Leadership Program is that developmental leaderships and coalitions are critical in shaping the kind and quality of institutions and state-building processes, and hence are central to achieving the goals of economic growth, political stability, security and inclusive social development.
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 four-page note outlines methodological considerations for researchers examining people's vulnerability to bribery. It discusses the benefits and limitations of using sample survey data to gauge vulnerability to grass-roots corruption, and explains the importance of a two-step approach that considers whether people have had contact with the state as well as whether they have paid a bribe.
This paper discusses the increasing interest in crowdsourcing and other social media as research data collection methods in conflict-affected regions. It argues that crowdsourcing can be a useful supplement when conducting research in difficult-to-access areas, but should not replace field research. Reliance on remotely gathered data can give researchers an incomplete understanding of realities on the ground, which privileges the voices of those with most access to the technology.
This paper carves a path through the sprawling debate on the meaning and measurement of state legitimacy, and sets out a political approach to researching it. The paper also provides an analytical framework that applies this political approach to a key question for state-building practitioners and legitimacy scholars: whether, when and why service delivery supports or undermines state legitimacy.
State legitimacy is an important concept for understanding power and politics, yet research on it has been surprisingly apolitical. Explaining legitimation and de-legitimation requires attention to political structures, ideas and agency – in particular, to the expectations established through the social contract, the nature of the political settlement, and how legitimacy claims are made and contested in public discourse.
This paper discusses the steps required to build a robust evidence base for 'thinking and working politically' (TWP) in development. It proposes research questions, an analytical framework, and case study selection criteria.
Executive Summary - Thinking and Working Politically: From Theory Building to Building an Evidence Base
This two-page summary of the paper below discusses the steps required to build a robust evidence base for 'thinking and working politically' (TWP) in development. It proposes research questions, an analytical framework, and case study selection criteria.
This annotated bibliography identifies academic and more policy-oriented literature about the relationship between service delivery and state legitimacy, social cohesion and social stability.
Examples of exceptional positive change can help development researchers and practitioners understand how developmental progress happens. This paper presents a new three-stage method for identifying and examining such 'positive outlier' cases that does not rely solely on their reputations. It can therefore uncover ‘hidden’ cases of developmental progress as well as those already recognised.