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.

Politically informed programming


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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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New findings on education and developmental leadership in the Philippines

Thursday 15th September 2016

New research from DLP and the University of Glasgow explores the role of higher education in the emergence of leaders who promote development in the Philippines. See the policy brief, podcast and paper.

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Political settlements in Africa

Thursday 7th July 2016

Political settlements in Africa, the politics of inclusion and the role of international actors were the focus of the most recent BISA Africa Working Group workshop, convened by DLP Research Fellow Suda Perera at the University of Birmingham.

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