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Andrés Mejía Acosta - Research Fellow

Dr Andrés Mejia Acosta no longer works at IDS.

Andrés is a political scientist whose current research looks at how the political management of natural resource revenues affects development goals. His work "Informal Coalitions and Policymaking in Latin America" (New York: Routledge, 2009) looks at how formal and informal political institutions produce policy reforms in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Publications include articles and book chapters on electoral systems, political parties, legislative politics, budget politics, the policymaking process, informal institutions, and democratic governance. Besides this he has been involved in a wider comparative study ‘Analysing Nutrition Governance’, funded by UKAid, which looks at nutrition rates and government nutrition programmes in Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, India, and Zambia. He has done consulting work for Club de Madrid, The Carter Center, Eurasia Group, Freedom House, United Nations Development Programme, the Inter American Development Bank and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.

Andrés has been Co-Convenor of the Research Programme on Revenue Collection and State Capacity for the Centre for the Future State. He is currently working on a book manuscript on the political management of natural resource revenues in the Andean region.

The project examines what factors enable governments to commit to national nutrition strategies and deliver appropriate nutrition policies in the long run.

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A new partnership between the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and IDS has been formed with the aim of supporting SDC’s ‘Democratisation, Decentralisation and Local Governance Network’ (DLGN) between 2012 and 2014. IDS’ contribution will seek to improve DLGN’s effectiveness and impact of policy strategies and operations.

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IDS In Focus Policy Briefing

Accelerating Reductions in Undernutrition What can nutrition governance tell us?

IDS In Focus Policy Briefing 22 (2012)

In order to accelerate progress on undernutrition reduction we need to understand how the governance of nutrition programmes leads to successful outcomes. More details

IDS Working Paper

Analysing Success in the Fight against Malnutrition in Peru

IDS Working Paper 367 (2011)

The prevalence of underweight children worldwide fell from 31per cent in 1990 to 26 per cent in 2008 (UNICEF 2009). More details

IDS publications on international development research

Rente pétrolière et politique budgétaire en Équateur

Revue Internationale de Politique Comparée 17.3 (2010)
IDS publications on international development research

Policymaking in Multiparty Presidential Regimes: A Comparison between Brazil and Ecuador

Governance 23.4 (2010)

This paper explores why two countries with similar electoral, partisan, and presidential institutions, have produced significantly different policy outcomes in Latin America. Brazil and Ecuador are conventionally known as having highly fragmented party systems, where legislators have great incentives to cultivate a personal vote. More details

BLOG: Prioritising Pleasure: A Path to Safer Sex?

02 Aug 2012
By Andrés Mejía Acosta, Lawrence Haddad

Why should politicians care about child undernutrition?

30 Mar 2012
By Andrés Mejía Acosta

Thematic Expertise:
Governance; Nutrition; Politics and Power.

Related Programmes and Centres:
Transform Nutrition.

Geographic Expertise:
Latin America and the Caribbean; Bolivia; Brazil; Ecuador; Ethiopia; Honduras; Jamaica; Macedonia; Peru; Tanzania; Zambia.