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

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

The Summit for Democracy commitments are out—now what?

Norman Eisen, Mario Picon, Robin J. Lewis, Renzo Falla and Lilly Blumenthal published on the Brookings Institution website an initial reaction to the recently-published Commitments for the Summit. The authors observed significant variation in the commitments made. When considering the written commitments in terms of where governments fall in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index … Continued

Voices of the Future and a Youth Agenda for American Democracy

In the fall of 2021, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences organised two initiatives aimed at incorporating the input of young Americans, giving them a voice as the US Administration and wider world engages in the Year of Action on democracy reform. The first project, Voices of the Future, polled 18 to 29 year … Continued

Coalition Urges U.S. Government to Stand Up for Democracy at Home

On 31 January 2022, a coalition of over 80 non-profit organisations including Public Citizen, American Civil Liberties Union, InterAction, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Oxfam America, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Partnership for American Democracy published a letter to top White House officials. The letter urged the United States to more fully … Continued

2022: The fourth wave of democracy?

Birgitta Ohlsson considers how democracy supporters can help bring about a fourth wave of democracy for the National Democratic Institute (NDI). Useful initiatives could include democratic political parties uniting against anti-democratic forces, brining more women and young people into politics, and positively supporting democratisation rather than fighting against backsliding. Read the full piece here at … Continued

Summit for Democracy: First outcomes show promise

Transparency International welcomed the announced US initiatives at the Summit, which show promise for fighting corruption and safeguarding democracy. They recommend that the Summit hosts and participants design an inclusive and participatory process throughout the Year of Action to deliver on their goals. Meaningful engagement with civil society will be key to this process. Read … Continued

Can the Summit for Democracy deliver?

Susannah Fitzgerald of the UK Anti-Corruption Coalition, Aarti Narsee of CIVICUS and Karla McLaren of Amnesty International UK weigh in on how the Prime Minister of the UK and other world leaders can deliver on efforts associated with the Summit. For Fitzgerald, the UK and other such countries need to be honest about their own … Continued

What a Successful Summit for Democracy Looks Like from Africa

Gregory Kearns outlines in Modern Diplomacy concrete ways for the Summit to advance democracy in Africa. He begins by considering the state of democracy in Africa, before moving on to concrete suggestions to which the US and its allies should commit. Suggestions include promoting intra-party democracy and the inclusion of minority groups (notably youth and … Continued

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