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Duncan Edwards - Programme Manager

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Duncan Edwards is the Programme Manager for Making All Voices Count’s Research, Evidence and Learning (REL) component at the Institute of Development Studies. His work is focused on building an evidence base in the field of citizen engagement and accountable responsive governance. In this programme his interests are in the role of innovation and technology in the governance, voice, transparency and accountability work.

Duncan has extensive experience in supporting and understanding the use of research knowledge within the development sector. He led work to open up the IDS’ Eldis and BRIDGE datasets as open data, and working with partner organisations to make use of these, and other, datasets. This involves technical capacity building and helping organisations work through their Theory of Change and how data might play a role in this change.

He has particular interests in innovation, data, open government, open knowledge, participation, ICTs, and the role openness can play in the construction and use of knowledge for positive social change.

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Appropriating technology for accountability: messages from Making All Voices Count

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IDS publications on international development research

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Opening Governance

IDS Bulletin 47.1 (2016)

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IDS publications on international development research

Introduction: Opening Governance – Change, Continuity and Conceptual Ambiguity

IDS Bulletin 47.1 (2016)

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