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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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This is the front cover of MAVC learning Event paper Transforming Governance: What Role for Technologies?

Transforming Governance: What Role for Technologies?

The technological innovations of the last two decades – cell phones, tablets, open data and social media – mean that governments and citizens can interact like never before. Around the world, in different contexts, citizens have fast-increasing access to information and communications technologies (ICTs) that enable them to monitor government performance and express their views on it in real time. More details

This is the front cover to IDS Bulletin 47.1, 'Opening Governance'.

Opening Governance

IDS Bulletin 47.1 (2016)

This Bulletin hopes to rescue the transformative potential of the project of opening up governance relationships and processes to instil fairer power dynamics among and between citizens and their states. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Introduction: Opening Governance – Change, Continuity and Conceptual Ambiguity

IDS Bulletin 47.1 (2016)

Open government and open data are new areas of research, advocacy and activism that have entered the governance field alongside the more established areas of transparency and accountability. More details

This is the front cover of Making All Voices Count Research and Evidence Strategy

Making All Voices Count Research and Evidence Strategy

Making All Voices Count is a citizen engagement and accountable governance programme. It aims to harness the transformative potential of unusual partnerships and innovative applications of communication technologies to contribute to fundamental change in the relationship citizens have with the state. More details

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Mobile Phones for Real-time Nutrition Surveillance: Approaches, Challenges and Opportunities for Data Presentation and Dissemination

IDS Evidence Report 75 (2014)

Child undernutrition remains devastatingly high in many low- and middle-income countries Poor nutrition in early childhood (often combined with ill health) has been shown to increase the risk for early mortality, can have long-term and often irreversible effects on physical growth, cognitive and social development, and increases susceptibility to non-communicable diseases in adulthood More details