V-Dem: Varieties of Democracy

V-Dem: Varieties of Democracy

V-Dem, short for Varieties of Democracy, is an exciting project that brings a new  dimension to the discourse of democracy . V-Dem describes their project as a new approach to conceptualizing and  measuring  democracy. It is a collaboration between more than 50 scholars worldwide and co-hosted by the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg, … Continue reading

Citizen-Led Democracy in Mongolia: Takeaways and Implications for the Post-2015 Agenda

Citizen-Led Democracy in Mongolia: Takeaways and Implications for the Post-2015 Agenda

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) has created unique assessment tools to look at country-specific democracy. The State of Democracy (SoD) and State of Local Democracy (SoLD) are assessment frameworks intended for international use. International IDEA’s recently released report on Mongolia’s successful utilization of the SoD assessment framework reveals how countries can use SoD to … Continue reading

IDEA Local Democracy Workshop

IDEA Local Democracy Workshop

I’ve just returned from having been invited to speak at a workshop “Local democracy today and tomorrow – Learning from global knowledge and practices” that the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) held at its premises in Stockholm, Sweden, on 5-6 November 2014. The purpose of the trip was to share our approach to participatory local democracy … Continue reading

Open Government Partnership

Open Government Partnership

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) has been named the winner of the 2014 Commitment to Development “Ideas in Action” Award for its achievements of encouraging and facilitating the forum for governments worldwide to commit to greater transparency, accountability and citizen engagement. The Commitment to Development “Ideas to Action” Award, bestowed annually since 2003, honors an individual or organization … Continue reading

Partnership Between the People, Local Government Bodies and Central Government for Achieving MDGs in Bangladesh

Partnership Between the People, Local Government Bodies and Central Government for Achieving MDGs in Bangladesh

[The following paper was presented by Professor Badiul Alam Majumdar, Ph.D., Global Vice President and Country Director, The Hunger Project–Bangladesh at the International Political Science Association (IPSA), 10 July 2014] “People are poor because they are powerless. We must organize people for power. They must organize themselves in such a way that they can change … Continue reading

Right to Participation: Moving from Symbolism to Substance

Right to Participation: Moving from Symbolism to Substance

The rise of global  inequality and the concentration of wealth is undermining democracy and citizen participation. The rise of urban elites in developing countries in Africa and Asia is affecting and slowing down the process of decentralization. Institutional spaces are becoming inadequate to foster citizen participation in decision making for mobilization and utilization of public … Continue reading