Politically informed programming

We want to find out how policymakers and practitioners can better understand and support the political as well as the technical dimensions of developmental change. 

Our research seeks to unpack the political processes behind developmental change, and to support donors and other actors in the development process to improve political analysis by clarifying the roles of power, agency, leadership and conflict.  We are also exploring ways of building practitioners’ skills through research-based learning. For example, we are using action research to help practitioners monitor and evaluate their work as they design and implement innovative politically informed programming approaches. Our aim – to help policymakers and practitioners increase the effectiveness of their analytical, programming and operational work.

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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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News

New article: A typology of interaction between politicians and bureaucrats

Tuesday 14th March 2017

DLP Research Fellow Niheer Dasandi has co-authored a new article on how bureaucrats and politicians interact, and how this affects reform efforts. It appears in 'Public Administration and Development'.

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Power and systems, and their role in developmental change: Guest seminar with Duncan Green

Tuesday 21st February 2017

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.

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