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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.

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

  2. Making the G7 summit a success


  3. LearnAdapt: lessons from three years of adaptive management

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

    Briefing/policy papers

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

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

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

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

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

  10. Fragility: time for a rethink

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

    Working papers

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

    Briefing/policy papers

  13. Six global trends to watch in 2020

  14. Two priorities to overcome polarisation and revitalise democracy

  15. Dear European Commission president: four priorities to demonstrate global leadership

  16. Civil society engagement in tax reform

    Research reports

  17. An agenda for Europe in the world

    Briefing/policy papers

  18. Dear Prime Minister, five priorities for the UK government

  19. Promoting inclusive governance more effectively: lessons from the Dialogue for Stability programme


  20. Comments on International Panel of Social Progress report, Chapters 9 and 12: inequality, democracy and the rule of law