Which spaces – political or otherwise – foster the emergence of developmental leadership by individuals and groups, particularly among women and young people?

A growing body of DLP research examines the nature of leadership, and the role of factors such as education, networks,  values and power relations in shaping it. Our researchers are asking whether developmental leadership can be actively supported, facilitated or encouraged. DLP research is also gathering and analysing data on national and sub-national leaders. We are investigating what motivates leaders to pursue policies that benefit the poor, and whether certain ‘types’ of leaders (for example, with particular socio-economic, educational or professional backgrounds) do so.   



Filter by tags

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.

Find out more


2016 Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture

Thursday 27th October 2016

The 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 in Manchester.

Read more

Research evidence presented to International Development Committee

Tuesday 25th October 2016

DLP Research Fellow Suda Perera has presented findings from her research into armed groups and political inclusion in the Democratic Republic of Congo to the UK Parliament's International Development Committee.

Read more

Follow: @dlprog