About Developmental Regimes in Africa (DRA)

Comparisons between Southeast Asia and Africa highlight the continuing failure of African leaders to adopt a ‘three-legged' policy approach critical to success in Asia:

  • macro-stability plus
  • economic freedom for smallholders plus
  • strong rural bias in public investment.

Initiating and sustaining developmental regimes in Africa (DRA) addresses four key research questions:

  • What kinds of public-sector organisations are needed to deliver successful rural development, and how can they be encouraged and supported?
  • How can developmental leadership become institutionalised, so that it outlives the original figurehead?
  • How are developmental regimes likely to get started under African conditions?
  • What action can be taken to create a more favourable global environment for developmental regimes?

DRA research streams:

The DRA research collaboration was established in 2012, and builds on the evidence base from two ground-breaking international research programmes, each with a five-year track record:

  • Tracking Development's four cross-regional paired comparisons:
    • Kenya/Malaysia
    • Nigeria/Indonesia
    • Tanzania/Vietnam
    • Uganda/Cambodia

Africa Power and Politics' comparative studies of investment climates and public goods provision under different African regimes, extending the scope of the project to, among other countries, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Rwanda and Senegal.


Initiating and sustaining developmental regimes in Africa is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The views expressed on this website and in material published by the Developmental Regimes in Africa project are those of the authors and should not be attributed to the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs or any of DRA's member organisations.