The Global Fragility Strategy Gets a Refresh

Erol Yayboke, Catherine Nzuki, and Anastasia Strouboulis provide an overview of the newly-announced prologue to the 2020 U.S. Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability, the Global Fragility Strategy (GFS). Priority countries that will be the focus of targeted violence prevention programming and new congressionally appropriated funding include Haiti, Libya, Mozambique, Papua New Guinea, Benin, … Continued

Opening Closed Spaces: Tips for Leveraging Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning of Programs in Restrictive Environments

As civic space becomes increasingly closed globally, it becomes more challenging, but also more critical, to effectively carry out monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) techniques associated with programme oversight. Access to information is more limited, and it can be more risky to collect and share data. On the back of its experience operating in such … Continued

How the U.S. Gender Equality Funding Increase Can Actually Be Effective

Saskia Brechenmacher and Nikhita Salgame consider the practical needs for President Biden’s strategy for increasing funding for foreign assistance programmes that promote gender equality and equity. While the $2.6 billion USD commitment by Biden appears high in comparison with reduced investment under Trump and in Biden’s first years, it is only an increase of $300 … Continued

How Canada can help promote democracy abroad

David Gillies considers in Open Canada the prospects for Canada’s commitment to establishing a Canadian centre to promote democracy and good governance around the world. The centre is set to expand the availability of Canadian expertise and assistance to human rights and democracy supporters and will prioritise fast and flexible support for fragile and emerging … Continued

Commitment to Democracy Is Needed Now More Than Ever

Laura Thornton and Annika Silva-Leander consider in GMFUS’ Alliance for Securing Democracy the little visible action on commitments after the Summit. Against the backdrop of rising global authoritarianism, the Summit must not be an empty initiative of words with no action or follow-up. The authors believe that the Summit “matters if the momentum created by … Continued

A Sixth Coup in Africa? The West Needs to Up Its Game.

Joseph Sany considers the recent coup attempt in Guinea-Bisseau, the fifth in nine months around the greater Sahel, and its implications for US assistance in Africa. Poor and authoritarian governance only continues to worsen instability and extremism in the region. Pro-democracy and peacebuilding specialists are crucial, and recommendations are made by experts in relation to … Continued

Renewing U.S. Investments in Women’s Political Leadership

Saskia Brechenmacher and Katherine Mann make recommendations for improving female political participation in Just Security based off of 160 interviews with aid officials, advocates, and women politicians as well as a detailed analysis of women’s political empowerment programs in Kenya, Nepal, Morocco, and Myanmar. They identify four key areas for sustainable gender parity in political … Continued

Biden in Latin America: A Modest Start

Richard E. Feinberg considers for Global Americans how the initiatives spearheaded by the Summit may impact governance and democracy in Latin America in view of the Biden administration’s wider foreign policy approach to the region. He notes that a main challenge to development and assistance is the fragmented state of politics both domestically in the … Continued

Biden’s Initiative for Democratic Renewal: How to Account for Conflict and Fragility

Lauren Mooney writes in Just Security about how Biden’s Presidential Initiative for Democratic Renewal can better account for conflict and fragility in certain states. Major complex challenges for democracy assistance in fragile states include violence, an underlying lack of public trust in governance institutions, and deep societal divides. The US’ approach to democracy assistance in … Continued

Strengthening Democracy Is a Better Counterterrorism Strategy

Jason S Calder and Lauren van Metre write in Foreign Policy, considering the gaps in the Summit’s discussion regarding the impact on democracy building in fragile states US approach to countering terrorism and violent extremist groups. The authors argue that incorporating commitments on anti-corruption, human rights and opening civic spaces into the US counter-terrorism approach … Continued

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