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What is political voice, why does it matter, and how can it bring about change?
What political voice is and why and how it matters – and for whom – has emerged as a central area of interest and engagement in international development. Several of the mechanisms and tools of citizen engagement and participation touched upon I this blog will be explored in this series on political voice as part of the Development Progress project. Blogs and other activities will capture insights on the media and its role in promoting accountability, on forthcoming elections in Afghanistan and India, on protests that have emerged worldwide, on the emergence of Arab think tanks women’s empowerment and on transparency and accountability initiatives, among other topics, as we explore some of the many facets of political voice. And as always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions on this critical issue.
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.
ODI's William Avis discusses corruption and the other issues that are mobilising a diverse Indian electorate during the current elections.
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
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.
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.
How are people making their voices heard? Alina Rocha Menocal introduces a blog series and set of infographics on political voice and details a rapidly changing landscape where new and old forms of voice are both coming together for and competing for influence.
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.
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?
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.
This presentation entitled 'The "Good Governance" Agenda and its Discontents: Implications for Political Voice' by Alina Rocha Menocal was given at the Governance, Accountability and Citizen Empowerment Workshop for the opening session on Bringing Politics Back In. The Workshop took place in Dublin, organised by the University of Limerick, DSA Ireland, and Christian Aid as well as others.