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…

Women’s Political Empowerment in Cote d’Ivoire: Mariam Dao Gabala on Advocacy and the US-Africa Summit

During the US-Africa Leaders Summit early last month, hosted by President Barack Obama in Washington, DC, the National Democratic Institute invited Mariam Dao Gabala, distinguished advocate of women’s political participation and financial inclusion, from Cote d’Ivoire to lead a discussion focused on Women, Peace, and Democracy in Cote d’Ivoire. Gabala is the president of Coalition des Femmes Leaders de…

Engendering Local Governance

Tools for Engendering Local Governance (TELG) were produced as part of the continuing efforts of the Caucus for Women’s Leadership (formerly the Kenya Women’s Political Caucus) to build local capacities in matters pertaining to good governance and gender mainstreaming. The tools are intended for use by the leaders of gender groups in conducting a series…

Consultation in Capetown, South Africa

The latest in our UN Democracy Fund Consultations on Participatory Local Democracy was hosted by the Isandla Institute  in Cape Town, South Africa, on the day following their own local governance meeting – “Speaking Truth to Power.” South Africa has adopted strong approaches to participatory local governance, but participants emphasized the constraints faced in implementation.…

The Political Component of Participatory Democracy

We’re holding consultations around the world to create a scorecard to evaluate the State of Participatory Democracy. Over the next month we’ll outline each of the components of the scorecard— why it is important in a participatory democracy, why we are including it in the scorecard, and some of the feedback we’ve heard around the…

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year, NED makes more than 1,000 grants to support the projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries. NED fosters the growth of a wide…

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

The Center for  International Private Enterprise (CIPE)  was founded on the idea that economic freedom and political freedom are intertwined so that progress and development comes through a combination of political and economic liberalization. CIPE holds that democratic consolidation is not achieved through simply holding elections, establishing a free press, and recognizing human rights (although…