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Politics and Governance

What we do

Our innovative research and advisory work addresses how politics and power shape policies, how services are delivered, and how institutions work.

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ODI in conversation with Fatou Bensouda

Fatou Bensouda, former Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), joins ODI to discuss her experiences in the role and future challenges the ICC might experience.
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Misinformation in Brazilian elections: can the judiciary stem the tide of political misinformation?

This blog looks at the possibilities and limits of the judicial response to the heightened use of political mis/disinformation in the Brazilian elections.

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Protest against Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro.

Our projects

The team

  1. The impact of UK governance programming in Nigeria: Education Reforms in Kaduna State

    Working papers

  2. The impact of UK governance programming in Nigeria: budget reforms in Yobe State

    Working papers

  3. Rethinking labour recruitment to reduce exploitation and trafficking of migrants

    Briefing/policy papers

  4. Issue-based programming in challenging contexts: Learning from Traction Malawi

    Briefing/policy papers

  5. Think Change episode 23: is democracy really in retreat?

  6. Crime and communities: Life under criminal group control

    Briefing/policy papers

  7. Civic space: shrinking or shifting?

  8. Removing barriers to accountability: shifting the power in the aid sector through accessible technology


  9. Taking people-centred justice to scale: the role of customary and informal justice in advancing people-centred justice

    Briefing/policy papers

  10. Domestic financing for justice: who spends most on justice?

    Briefing/policy papers

  11. Ripe for reckoning? White saviourism in international development


  12. Regional Elites in Afghanistan

    Working papers

  13. Informal power networks in Afghanistan

    Working papers

  14. Afghanistan Partnership Framework: Conditionality without ownership; tactics without strategy?

    Briefing/policy papers

  15. Afghanistan’s aid requirements: How much aid is required to maintain a stable state?

    Briefing/policy papers

  16. Pledging in Geneva: How much aid, and for what?

    Briefing/policy papers

  17. War gains: how the economic benefits of the conflict are distributed in Afghanistan and the implications for peace: A case study on Nimroz province

    Research reports

  18. NGOs and civil society in Afghanistan

    Research reports

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