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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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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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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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The debate on development finance: new context, same questions?

Jonathan Glennie
21 March 2014

Rounding off the second set of our financing progress blog series, we take a look at the contributions so far and draw out some parallels with previous eras in the history of development - are the challenges being faced really as new as they seem?

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Development’s difficult choices. Asking people makes a difference

Laura Rodriguez Takeuchi
12 March 2014

Closing our valuing progress blog series, curator Laura Rodriguez Takeuchi takes a look at the data on people's development priorities with a focus on our online poll and the Human Development Index, aruging that people's priorities may not always align with those of policy-makers.

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Foreign Policy - Studies Show: People Want Democracy to Deliver the Goods

Alina Rocha Menocal, Gina Bergh and Laura Rodriguez Takeuchi
12 March 2014

Does the average person consider governance when they think about what would make the most difference to their wellbeing? In this blog for Foreign Policy, ODI researchers Alina Rocha Menocal, Gina Bergh and Laura Rodriguez Takeuchi explore the multi-dimensional nature of governance.

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