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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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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