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Women's empowerment rally Nigeria - Africa renewal (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

Understanding the nature of power: the force field that shapes development

Duncan Green
16 April 2014

Rounding off our series on political voice, Duncan Green looks at gender rights and what needs to be done to turn global progress in this area into national policies. He outlines the concept of 'power within', arguing that empowerment must start in the heart and mind of the individual.

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We the (poor) people - constitutions and the economically marginalised

Sumit Bisarya
10 April 2014

Constitution-building processes can be key opportunities for the participation of once marginalised groups in democratic processes but recent examples illustrate the lack of focus on including the economically marginalised in these debates, writes Sumit Bisarya

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A wide-angle lens on the Afghan elections

Anna Larson
8 April 2014

For Afghan voters, the true test of the 2014 elections is whether they help to secure a peaceful transition, or whether in fact they contribute to future insecurity, writes Anna Larsson.

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Rowan el Shimi (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

The boom of think tanks in a changing Arab world

Nabila Hamza
7 April 2014

The new think tanks in the Arab world carry a heavy responsibility in terms of deepening the region's reform agenda to add weight and authority to the voices pushing for change, writes Nabila Hamza.

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Political voice: Who’s talking? Who’s listening?

Ruth Carlitz
4 April 2014

Transparency and accountability initiatives need clearly defined theories of change and context-specific analysis of what really makes government officials tick if political voice is to have true meaning, writes Ruth Carlitz.

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An Afghan loads a ballot box into a truck in Afghanistan - Joseph Swafford / Isafmedia (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

Elections and accountability: what role for the media?

28 March 2014

ODI and BBC Media Action joined forces to host a debate on elections and accountability, with four panellists from the world of political journalism and communications.lections and accountability: what role for the media?

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Afghan voting- Tim Page/ UN (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

Of media, elections and polarisation

James Deane
31 March 2014

BBC Media Action's James Deane explains why donors should place a higher priority on understanding the role of media and embedding support strategies that maximise the media’s positive role and diminish its negative impact.

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How do people make their voices heard? A visual narrative

Alina Rocha Menocal with Craig Valters and Chris Little
28 March 2014

The landscape of political voice is extraordinarily diverse and complex, with people everywhere grabbing opportunities to express their views in a multitude of ways to influence policy and decision-making processes. These infographics highlight some examples of voice and engagement that have particular resonance today.

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