New role for Alina Rocha Menocal
For two years Senior Research Fellow Alina Rocha Menocal has led DLP’s work on political settlements and the politics of inclusion, while on secondment from the Overseas Development Institute. After many significant contributions to DLP’s research, events and impact, Alina is now moving on to take up a USAID Senior Democracy Fellowship. She will provide USAID with technical expertise on political economy analysis and on integrating ‘thinking and working politically’ into its programs. Alina will also continue her role as a Research Fellow in ODI’s Politics and Governance Programme, on a part-time basis, and we are delighted that she will retain close links with DLP as a Research Associate.
During her time as part of the DLP team at the University of Birmingham, Alina authored DLP’s State of the Art Paper on Political Settlements and the Politics of Inclusion (Oct 2015), which built on a paper commissioned by DFID (June 2015). Her findings fed into a high-level DLP workshop on political settlements that Alina organised in Bangkok in June 2015. This well-received event was accompanied by a series of guest Opinion posts by leading thinkers and practitioners.
As part of her work on political settlements, Alina led research supported by DFID that examined service delivery and social stability in Lebanon and Jordan, particularly in light of the influx of Syrian refugees into these countries. Project outputs include a fieldwork report, two country-focused background papers, and an annotated bibliography.
Alina is also co-editing a forthcoming special issue of the Journal of International Development on political settlements, with Jan Pospisil of the University of Edinburgh. This follows September’s Development Studies Association conference panel on the topic, which they jointly convened.
Corruption is another area of DLP’s research to which Alina has contributed, building on her work on an evidence paper for DFID while at ODI. Earlier this year she was among the academics invited to give evidence in person to the UK Parliament’s International Development Committee inquiry into tackling corruption overseas.
Alina and DLP Research Fellow Caryn Peiffer helped organise the collaborative event ‘Corruption and development’, hosted by UCL's Global Governance Institute in July 2015. They are now involved in organising a further joint event on corruption research on 10 November 2016 as part of the UK-wide ESRC Festival of Social Science.
Alina has contributed to policy and practice discussions on many issues through opinion pieces and presentations. She has written for the online editions of Foreign Policy and The Guardian, and blogged for the World Bank and Oxfam’s From Poverty to Power, among many others. She has presented to policymakers and practitioners at the OECD, at DFID events, and at the UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence, for example.
Although her formal connection with DLP has ended for the moment, the team look forward to maintaining close links with Alina and her work. We very much appreciate all she has contributed to DLP over the past two years, and send her our warmest wishes for her roles with USAID and ODI.