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…

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…

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…

Le 2014 Rapport est ici!

Le Rapport de l’État de Démocratie Participative 2014(SPDR) présente la plus vaste étude mondiale comparative connue à ce jour sur l’une des questions les plus importantes, mais le plus souvent ignorées, dans le développement – l’efficacité du gouvernement local. Heureusement, alors que le monde formule ses Objectifs de Développement Durable (SDG) pour éradiquer la faim…

Informe 2014

2014: Pulse sobre la imagen para descargar el informe. Clic aquí para empezar a comprar en Amazon. El Informe del Estado de la Democracia Participativa 2014 (SPDR, por sus siglas en inglés) presenta el estudio comparativo global más extenso a la fecha sobre uno de los temas más importantes de desarrollo, aunque con frecuencia ignorado- la…

Local First In Practice: Unlocking the power to get things done

Local First is an initiative that promotes prioritizing the views and leadership of local people and organizations in the countries affected by specific issues over those of outsiders from the international community in international development cooperation. Local First announced the release of their new book  ‘Local First in Practice: Unlocking the power to get things done’, which…

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,…

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…