How and when should elections be held, particularly in countries with fragile situations? What should be the role of donors and the international community in supporting democracy? There is no general recipe for every situation, according to André Gerrits, Professor of Political Science. What matters is to take the local context into account and to act accordingly.
In a new book entitled “Reducing Inequalities: A Sustainable Development Challenge”, presented at the EuropeAid InfoPoint on 28 May 2013, scholars and development specialists argue that bridging the gap between the rich and the poor is a factor of development, and therefore a crucial question to tackle when setting up development policies and the post Millenium Development Goals.
The Office for the Promotion of Parliamentary Democracy was created within the European Parliament in response to an increase in demand for support from new and emerging parliamentary democracies. Watch this video interview with OPPD director Dick Toornstra.
The European Commission is increasingly recognising the importance of parliaments in democratic governance. To help those working in this field, the EC has produced a new practical tool: ‘Engaging and Supporting Parliaments Worldwide’.
Guinea recently emerged from decades of authoritarian government and a period of instability to hold, with strong support from the international community, the country’s first ever credible polls heralding a new beginning for one of the world’s poorest countries.
Some 1,000 development practitioners, policy makers and representatives from donor and partner countries are arriving in Warsaw, Poland, for this year's European Development Days on the 15 and 16 December 2011.
Engaging with the world’s lawmakers is a new, expanding and crucial field for European Commission staffers working on democracy assistance. That was the message heard by dozens of participants at a recent pilot workshop on supporting parliaments around the globe.