Two-Year Review

Two-Year Review

As we start the pivotal year of 2015, we celebrate the completion of the pioneering investment by the UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF) in building our global community of practice. I invite all of us to reflect on these past two years – what has been achieved by this project – and how we can build … Continue reading

All Development is Local: implementing programs of empowerment to ensure sustainable development

All Development is Local: implementing programs of empowerment to ensure sustainable development

Four organizations came together during the 2014 World Bank Annual Meetings to discuss the importance of local-level and women-centric programming to ensure sustainable development for all. The main argument defended that if there is not local democracy and development methodologies conducive to empowering citizens, human dignity is neither recognized nor preserved. Without human dignity, therein lies … Continue reading

Pakistan, Balochistan State – Focus Group Meeting

Pakistan, Balochistan State – Focus Group Meeting

Pakistan, Balochistan State, May 19 , 8 participants, Organizer: Organization for Youth and Social Development (OYSD) On May 19, the Organization for Youth and Social Development (OYSD) in Pakistan’s second largest state, Balochistan, hosted a focus group meeting . This was the second discussion held in Pakistan. The output from this focus group provided an extra set of data that strengthened Pakistan’s profile and our assessment … Continue reading

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