Attitudes, values and ideas

From elite attitudes to poverty and the influence of the career ambitions of national leaders, to citizens’ willingness to report corruption, this stream of DLP research examines wide-ranging issues.

Using both qualitative and quantitative methods, we move beyond a focus on incentives to look at what else motivates and influences different groups of actors, from politicians, elites and recipient governments, to disenfranchised groups, civil society and donors, and assess the implications for aid policy and practice.

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Opinion by Alina Rocha Menocal, Heather Marquette26th April 201626/04/2016
Opinion by Alex Frankel20th April 201620/04/2016

Identifying rebels with a cause (and effect)

'Power, politics and positive deviance' is the theme of DLP's 2016 annual conference.

Opinion by Chris Roche1st December 201501/12/2015
Opinion by Heather Marquette13th October 201513/10/2015

Masculinity and sexual violence in India

Will the shocking Nirbaya case shift attitudes?

Opinion by Martin Rew16th September 201516/09/2015

Research methods and marshalling messy data: Dear Diary

The benefits of an old-fashioned research diary

Opinion by Suda Perera2nd September 201502/09/2015

Corruption: is the right message getting through?

The unintended consequences of raising awareness of corruption

Opinion by Caryn Peiffer12th August 201512/08/2015

Is education a magic bullet for addressing corruption? Insights from Papua New Guinea

This post for Devpolicy unpacks the findings of a new Development Policy Centre / DLP paper 

Opinion by Grant Walton, Caryn Peiffer17th June 201517/06/2015
Opinion by Chris Roche7th May 201507/05/2015
Opinion by David Hudson17th April 201517/04/2015
Opinion by Gillian Fletcher14th April 201514/04/2015

Innovation: transactional or transformative?

Given the fascination with 'innovation' in the field of development, it's time to discuss what the word might mean.

Opinion by Chris Roche23rd March 201523/03/2015
Opinion by Heather Marquette9th March 201509/03/2015

Inequality – the politics behind the policies

Discussion starter for the #polinequality conference

Opinion by David Hudson11th February 201511/02/2015
Opinion by Caryn Peiffer5th February 201505/02/2015

Authoritarianism, democracy and development

What does the evidence say?

Opinion by Tim Kelsall27th November 201427/11/2014
Opinion by Heather Marquette10th November 201410/11/2014

Being 'there': Bermuda Triangulation

Fieldwork in fragile places part 2: data difficulties

Opinion by Suda Perera6th November 201406/11/2014

Being 'there': reflections on fieldwork in the DRC

Fieldwork in fragile places part 1: the security dilemma

Opinion by Suda Perera5th November 201405/11/2014

Corruption: do we target the servant or the paymaster?

Guest post for The Guardian on UK aid watchdog report

Opinion by Heather Marquette5th November 201405/11/2014

Politicians and administrators: conflict, collusion or collaboration?

How do relations between political and administrative leaders affect reform?

Opinion by Niheer Dasandi23rd October 201423/10/2014

The politics of redistribution: we need you

Which are the key country cases? Help us shape new research.

Opinion by David Hudson, Niheer Dasandi16th October 201416/10/2014
Opinion by Susy Ndaruhutse11th September 201411/09/2014

‘Crows who come in search of dollars’: NGO legitimacy in conflict zones

Do political dynamics affect NGO legitimacy more than performance?

Opinion by Oliver Walton19th August 201419/08/2014

Political analysis as the practical art of the possible

Bringing politics back into PEA - a new paper with Adrian Leftwich

Opinion by David Hudson24th July 201424/07/2014

Pacific power: new femininities and women's leadership in the Pacific

The educated, internationally connected women who are changing the way 'development' is done

Opinion by Ceridwen Spark24th June 201424/06/2014

Education, development, and the problem with consensus

Why rethink the international consensus on 'quality basic education for development'?

Opinion by Michele Schweisfurth7th April 201407/04/2014
Opinion by Suda Perera1st April 201401/04/2014

What's in a name? Leadership as more than the 'big men' and 'big women' of history

Looking beyond 'The Leader' for a deeper understanding of how change happens

Opinion by Heather Lyne de Ver11th February 201411/02/2014

Somaliland's route to peace

What can we learn from Somaliland's approach to peacebuilding? 

Opinion by Sarah Phillips12th December 201312/12/2013

Developmental leaders, 'dirty hands', and the dark side of collaboration

The ambiguities of supporting 'developmental leadership'

Opinion by Niheer Dasandi11th December 201311/12/2013

Welcome to DLP's blog

Welcome to DLP's new blog on politics, power, policy and developmental leadership

Opinion by Heather Marquette10th December 201310/12/2013

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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News

New role for Alina Rocha Menocal

Monday 31st October 2016

After many significant contributions to DLP's research, events and impact, Alina Rocha Menocal is now moving on to take up a USAID Senior Democracy Fellowship. Alina will also continue her role as a Research Fellow in ODI's Politics and Governance Programme, on a part-time basis, and we are delighted that she will retain close links with DLP as a Research Associate.

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2016 Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture

Thursday 27th October 2016

The University of Manchester's 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.

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