All DLP themes

Drawing on DLP’s strengths, and our assessment of key challenges and gaps in development research, we’ve established the following five core focus areas for the next three years:

  • politically informed programming
  • elites and politcal settlements
  • reform coalitions
  • leaderships
  • attitudes, values and ideas
As always, our aim is to deliver high quality research that is problem-driven and policy relevant. To find out more about each theme and our ongoing work, click on the tabs above.

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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 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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