Alina Rocha Menocal

Alina Rocha Menocal

 

 

Alina Rocha Menocal is a Senior Research Fellow in ODI’s Politics and Governance Programme, and a Senior Democracy Fellow at USAID. She is also a DLP Research Associate. From October 2014 to March 2016, she led DLP’s workstream on Political Settlements and the Politics of Inclusion.

Alina has particular expertise in the challenges of democratisation, links between democracy and development, state-society relations, and institutions and state-building. Her research interests focus on bridging the gap between research and policy, particularly when using political economy analysis to inform governance issues.

Articles

Time for a grown-up conversation about corruption

9th December 2014

To combat corruption, we need to understand the deeper political realities, power dynamics and social structures that perpetuate it.

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Parliamentary strengthening: the IDC report

9th February 2015

The need for parliamentary strengthening has never been more urgent, since parliaments - and the political parties that populate them - are the institutions people trust least. (Guest post for ODI's Shaping Policy for Development blog)

 

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When the stars align to tackle inequality: reflections on the DLP annual conference

18th February 2015

From the Occupy Movement to Thomas Piketty to current proposals for a new set of Sustainable Development Goals, inequality has emerged as one of the most intractable challenges of our time, and everyone, from activists to academics to policymakers, is talking about it. 

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Using aid to strengthen Parliaments: fix the car, or worry about the driver?

24th November 2014

Parliaments have always been treated as the poor cousins of democracy assistance efforts. (Guest post for From Poverty to Power)

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Citizens + engagement: moving beyond slogans

20th March 2015

Guest post for Governance for Development

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Inclusive political settlements: who and what gets included, and how?

13th July 2015

DLP hosted a day-long high level introductory workshop on political settlements in June. This post is the first of a series inspired by the workshop and written by researchers, policymakers and practitioners. Here Alina Rocha Menocal discusses current research and thinking on the usefulness of a political settlements approach.

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Colombia's women, tried by war, find new power

15th October 2015

Article in Foreign Policy

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The inclusiveness test: making change work

4th November 2015

Guest post for openDemocracy

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Breaking new ground in parliamentary strengthening

29th March 2016

The importance of tailoring parliamentary support programmes to their context. (Guest post for openDemocracy)

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It's all about inclusion, but how?

6th April 2016

Shifting the focus of development intervention from form to the actual practice and distribution of power. (Guest post for the World Bank Governance for Development blog)

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Corruption? The developing world has bigger problems

26th April 2016

More nuanced anti-corruption work should focus on results - and even put up with some corruption if things are working well. (Guest post for Prospect)

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Elections: transformational, or blunt tools of representation?

8th September 2016

How do we explain the profound dissatisfaction with the quality of representation now manifest in democracies everywhere?

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Where do inclusive institutions come from? Lessons from Asia

27th February 2017

Societies with more inclusive institutions are more peaceful and more resilient, and tend to be better governed - but how do they get there?

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