How much do we really know about what 'thinking and working politically' can achieve – and where it might present dangers – in challenging political and sectoral contexts?
Why it can be hard to start a conversation with the people who might know what really works in the fight against corruption.
How do anticorruption messages influence people’s views about corruption and about anticorruption efforts?
A look at what happens when gender analysis is placed more squarely at the heart of governance work. (Guest post in The Conversation)
Learning how to balance the technically possible and politically feasible in volatile, conflict-affected contexts.
Guest post on Devpolicy introducing panels at this week's Australasian Aid Conference
The poor aren't simply 'easy targets' - they necessarily come into contact with corrupt state officials more often.
Promoting and sustaining individual behavioural change is as important as building flexibility into development programming.
Understanding how to make democratic transitions as economically painless as possible.
Many different paths, but all leading to similar destinations - and adding useful nuance to development thinking and practice.
More nuanced anti-corruption work should focus on results - and even put up with some corruption if things are working well. (Guest post for Prospect)
Why, despite the best of intentions and the investment of significant resources, do peace processes so often fail to lead to a stable and lasting peace after civil war?
Emerging lessons from the Central Land Council’s community development program to strengthen Aboriginal people’s participation in mainstream Australia.
Anna Naupa's 2016 Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture discussed where most transformation happens - in drafting the rules, or in putting them into action.
The importance of tailoring parliamentary support programmes to their context. (Guest post for openDemocracy)
The parallels between - and ethical dilemmas of - anthropology's focus on context and international development's ‘thinking and working politically’ concept.
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.
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.
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.