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.


Understanding the nature of power: the force field that shapes development – Duncan Green

Political voice, corruption and the Indian election: saffron flags and broomsticks – William Avis

We the (poor) people – constitutions and the economically marginalised – Sumit Bisarya

A wide-angle lens on the Afghan elections – Anna Larson

The boom of think tanks in a changing Arab world – Nabila Hamza

Political voice: Who’s talking? Who’s listening? – Ruth Carlitz

What does growing protest worldwide tell us about political voice and social change? – Craig Valters

Of media, elections and polarisation – James Deane

What is political voice, why does it matter, and how can it bring about change? – Alina Rocha Menocal

How do people make their voices heard? A visual narrative – Alina Rocha Menocal with Craig Valters and Chris Little

Elections and accountability: what role for the media? 

Foreign Policy – Studies Show: People Want Democracy to Deliver the Goods – Alina Rocha Menocal, Gina Bergh and Laura Rodriguez Takeuchi

Governance, Accountability and Citizen Empowerment Workshop – Alina Rocha Menocal