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Alina Rocha Menocal

Principal Research Fellow

  • Politics and Governance
Portrait of Alina Rocha Menocal

Originally from Mexico, Alina Rocha Menocal is a Principal Research Fellow in the Politics and Governance Programme at ODI. She is also Director of the global Thinking and Working Community of Practice, and co-Chair of its Steering Committee.

She is an accomplished expert, thought leader and researcher with 15 years of experience working to bridge the gap between research and policy in thinking about international development and the politics of reform. Her areas of expertise include: governance and institutional transformation; state- and peace-building and (post-)conflict trajectories; conflict and fragility; political settlements and the politics of inclusion; corruption and anti-corruption efforts; democracy/democratisation and the challenges of multiple dimensions of institutional transformation; political economy analysis/Thinking and Working Politically.

Over the course of her career, 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, as well as to inform more effective engagement and ways of working among international development actors in developing country settings. Alina has done extensive work on political economy, and on how the international development community can think and work in more politically aware ways, through both the Thinking and Working Community of Practice, and other fora, including as Senior Democracy Fellow on Applied Political Economy at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) (2016-2020). As a Senior Research Fellow of the Developmental Leadership Program at the University of Birmingham (2014-2016), Alina conceptualised, developed and led a programme of research and policy engagement on political settlements and the politics of inclusion. She also has considerable experience designing and facilitating trainings on these different themes for both academic and policy oriented audiences, and she has published extensively on these issues. She holds a BA from Yale University in political science, and a MIA on Economic and Political Development and a MPhil in Political Science/Comparative Politics from Columbia University.

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    Case/country studies

  2. Politically smart support to democracy: staying the course in the long road

  3. Engaging with politics: towards smarter international support to revitalise democracy (Webinar)


  4. From elite bargains to more inclusive politics? Lessons and implications from existing research

  5. From elite bargains to (more) open and (more) inclusive politics

    Research reports

  6. The role of identity in shaping prospects for more inclusive politics

    Journal issue/article

  7. Working politically in practice: lessons from an innovative programme in Nigeria

  8. How the G7 can champion a more contextually grounded vision for democracy and human rights

  9. Making the G7 summit a success


  10. LearnAdapt: a synthesis of our work on adaptive programming with DFID/FCDO (2017–2020)

    Briefing/policy papers

  11. Digital technologies and the new public square: revitalising democracy?

  12. Change of guard in the US: the good, the bad – and the hopeful

  13. The new US fragility strategy can be transformational – but requires careful implementation

  14. Supporting democracy is about more than 'open societies'. Democracy also needs to deliver

  15. COVID-19 and “building back better”: Putting governance at the centre

  16. Fragility: time for a rethink

  17. Why does inclusion matter? Assessing the links between inclusive processes and inclusive outcomes

    Working papers

  18. What does 'inclusive governance' mean? Clarifying policy and practice

    Briefing/policy papers

  19. Six global trends to watch in 2020

  20. Two priorities to overcome polarisation and revitalise democracy