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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2016 Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture

Thursday 27th October 2016

The annual lecture in memory of DLP's founding Director of Research, Adrian Leftwich, will be given this year by Nic van de Walle, Professor of International Studies at Cornell University, on Wednesday, 16 November in Manchester.

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Research evidence presented to International Development Committee

Tuesday 25th October 2016

DLP Research Fellow Suda Perera has presented findings from her research into armed groups and political inclusion in the Democratic Republic of Congo to the UK Parliament's International Development Committee.

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