Political settlements and the politics of inclusion

Understanding political settlements and the politics of inclusion is at the heart of DLP’s research. By political settlements we mean ‘the formal and informal agreements between contending groups over the organisation of power in society and the rules of political engagement'.

Through a political settlements lens we can see where and how legitimate institutions that promote development are forged (or reforged). It shows us the importance of domestic political and social processes, and how these shape – and are shaped by – elites and leaderships. Political settlements are central to understanding how formal and informal rules operate in a society, at both the state and sub-state levels. Exploring these processes illuminates the internal and external relationships involved – among actors including politicians, government officials, civil society, the military, the private sector, and donors.

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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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Doing Development Differently workshop - Jakarta 2017

Thursday 30th March 2017

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.

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DLP shares research at FCO Africa Study Day

Monday 27th March 2017

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.

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