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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. Renewing representation: the role of international assistance in supporting democratic revitalisation

    Research reports

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

    Working papers

  3. Why corruption thrives at the local level: insights from Bangladesh and Nigeria

  4. Local governance, decentralisation and anti-corruption in Bangladesh and Nigeria

    Research reports

  5. Aid, security and Britain’s role in the world: proposals for coherent government action

    Briefing/policy papers

  6. Securing safe roads: the politics of change

    Research reports

  7. Tackling inequality: democracy’s Catch-22

  8. Can democracy alone deliver prosperity and stability?

  9. Journal of International Development special issue: Political Settlements


  10. Inclusive development and the politics of transformation: lessons from Asia

    Working papers

  11. Brexit: the cost of bad governance

  12. Evaluation of the NIMD programme, 2011 - 2014: inception study

    Research reports

  13. The inclusiveness test: making change work

  14. Colombia’s women, tried by war, find new power

  15. Progress despite adversity: women's empowerment and conflict in Colombia

    Research reports

  16. Citizens and engagement: moving beyond slogans

  17. Ghana, the rising star: progress in political voice, health and education

    Research reports

  18. Ghana's democracy is driving great progress in health and education

  19. Why corruption matters: understanding causes, effects and how to address them

    Research reports

  20. Parliamentary strengthening: our verdict on the International Development Committee report