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Shaping policy for development

An overview of Lagoro IDP camp in Kitgum District, northern Uganda, 20 May 2007. Manoocher Deghati/IRIN
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Alina Rocha Menocal
Alina Rocha Menocal

Alina Rocha Menocal

Research Fellow, Politics and Governance

Originally from Mexico, Alina is a Research Fellow in the Politics and Governance Programme with particular expertise on the challenges of democratisation, linkages between state and society, and state-building. At ODI, Alina has been involved in a series of projects and assignments that seek to bridge the gap between research and policy in thinking about governance issues from a political economy perspective. Alina has built a considerable body of publications on many of these issues, including numerous reports, (peer-reviewed) journal articles, briefing and working papers, and blogs. She also has substantial experience leading and managing projects.

Freedom Square Crowd - Georgia parliamentary elections 2012
Freedom Square Crowd - Georgia parliamentary elections 2012

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Can democracy deliver for development? Lessons from Brazil, India and Ghana

Event - Public event - 13 May 2014 13:00 - 14:45 (GMT+01 (BST))

What does the growing disillusionment across both the developed and the developing world about the way democracy works mean for the promise of democracy? Drawing on research from three leading democracies in the developing world, this event will explore whether and how these systems can deliver for their populations - and what this means for broader debates on institutions and development.

Elections and accountability: what role for the media?

Event - Public event - 27 March 2014 16:00 - 18:00 (GMT+00)

Often referred to as the fourth pillar of power, the media has a crucial role to play in electoral processes. At least in principle, the media fulfils essential functions that are vital to ensure the fairness of electoral processes and strengthen the quality of democratic governance. This event will explore the challenges facing the media in providing a forum for debate, and investigate how more responsible behaviour can be nurtured.

Alina Rocha Menocal

What is political voice, why does it matter, and how can it bring about change?

Opinion - Articles and blogs - 27 March 2014
'The past two decades have seen an explosion of political voice across the developing world. From the shift towards democracy in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the mushrooming of citizen-led initiatives to hold those in power to account, to the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, and the eruption of protest movements in countries as diverse as Brazil, Egypt, India, and Turkey, we now have a wealth of experience we can use to reimagine the role of engaged populations in political processes and to redefine the very substance of democracy.'