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) addressed 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:
- Islands of state effectiveness and African agriculture: led by Professor Ton Dietz and Dr André Leliveld
- Leadership succession and sustainability of developmental regimes: led by Dr Tim Kelsall
- Sources of developmental ambition: led by Professor David Henley
- The international environment for developmental regimes: led by Dr David Booth.
The DRA research collaboration was established in 2012, and built 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:
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.