Higher education, developmental leadership and good governance

23rd August 2017
Author: Giuditta Fontana

The last decade has witnessed renewed interest in the social benefits of higher education, with recent research suggesting that universities have a role in nurturing developmental leaders who enable positive change and better governance in low-income and conflict-affected countries (Brannelly et al, 2011b). This review summarises available evidence on the relationship between higher education, developmental leadership and good governance in developing and conflict-affected countries. It draws on examples from a variety of countries, including Ghana, the Philippines, Oman, Lebanon, Cote d’Ivoire and Botswana among others. Most of the literature considered in this report is academic. A large proportion was produced by the Developmental Leadership Programme (DLP) based at the University of Birmingham, which is currently in the process of publishing a summary report.

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Fontana, G. (2017). The impact of higher education on developmental leadership and on good governance. K4D Helpdesk Report. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies.


23rd August 2017


Continent: Africa, Asia

Country: Lebanon, Oman, Philippines