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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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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