NIMD hosted two senior Dutch MPs in Georgia from 6-10 May 2013. Tamara Venrooy-Van Ark (Vice-Chair of the VVD in the Second Chamber of Parliament) and Martijn van Dam (Vice-Chair of the PvdA in the Second Chamber of Parliament) participated in a two-day exchange of views on coalition politics with t
On 16 and 17 April 2013 a two-day workshop for political parties and other key political stakeholders was organised in Juba, South Sudan. The workshop was a follow-up to the Africa Regional Conference on Political party Financing that took place in Tanzania, in July 2012.
From 24-29 March 2013, Executive Directors (EDs) of Centres for Multiparty Democracy in 5 African countries met at Misty Hills, South Africa to share and capture their personal stories in facilitating dialogue platforms in their respective countries.
On Thursday evening 21 March 2013 in Amsterdam, a unique delegation of youth representatives of the three political parties with parliamentary representation in Zimbabwe jointly engaged in a public debate to share their views on recent developments in Zimbabwe and the role of youth in the country’
This was the advice that Malawi’s former Vice President, Dr. Justin Malewezi offered to 18 politicians drawn from all the member political parties of the Malawi Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD-Malawi) at the graduation ceremony of their political leadership training.
We expect so much from political parties and politicians and yet very little is done to better prepare these politicians and political parties in as far as leadership is concerned. It is against this background that the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) through its Africa Regiona
On Wednesday 27 February NIMD organised a second multi-party conference since the start of its activities in South Sudan in 2012. The workshop was attended by 8 political parties with representation in Parliament. The conference aimed to jointly reflect on interparty dialogue.
Under the joint approach by NIMD and AWEPA, in support of political parties and the parliament of Benin, a first official meeting of the new programme’s Steering Committee was held in Cotonou on 6th-8th February 2013.
An evening about the revolution, democracy and development in Tunisia. On March 6 2013, exactly 500 days after the first free elections in 2011, it's time for a follow up: what has the Arab Spring brought to Tunisia?
Members of the Technical Assistance Commission of the Congress, chaired by delegate Jairo Flores, conducted a meeting with members of the international community to present the work that has been done in the year 2012.
Ten students of the Tunisian School of Politics (TSoP) have been coupled with Dutch youth politicians to share ideas and best practices on party politics and social justice policy. On invitation of the NIMD, the group of Tunisian politicians visited the Netherlands in the week of 7-13 January. In co
Whilst the political scene is getting more tense in the run up to the discussion of several highly controversial law proposals, the Centre for Mediterranean and International Studies (CEMI) and NIMD organized a conflict mediation training for political parties, 15-16 December in Tunisia.
After positive explorative visits and discussions with the South Sudanese political parties throughout 2012, NIMD organised a first multi-party activity with the parliamentary political parties in South Sudan on 27-28 November 2012.
The campaign for the presidential and parliamentary elections in Ghana has entered its final stage. On 7 December 2012 the Ghanaian electorate will decide who will be the country’s president in the next four years. The elections will also allow the Ghanaians to decide on the Members of Parliament
During the mid-November 2012 mission of NIMD to Tanzania, NIMD was present for the last time during the Round Table with political parties and partners in its role of main and longtime co-founding, funding and strategic partner of local organization Tanzania Center for Democracy (TCD).
Monday 5 November 2012, NIMD organized a round table discussion with Gustavo Porras as the keynote speaker. Porras was appointed President of the Guatemalan Consejo Económico Social in September this year. The round table was completed by representatives from different sectors such as the Ministry
On 23-24 October 2012 over 60 representatives from the various political parties in Mozambique gathered during a conference organised by NIMD and AWEPA, to discuss the consolidation of peace and democracy in Mozambique. The meeting aimed to jointly reflect on the role that political parties have pla
”Actually the first session was horrible”, Ahmed Mahmoud from the Egyptian Democracy Academy (EDA) says with a big laugh describing the first session in the newly established pilot project 'Political Academy' partly financed by DIPD.
On Saturday 17 November 2012, NIMD organizes a workshop on the Ghanaian road to the elections in December 2012. Programme Manager Jan Tuit and Amma Asante (candidate for Parliament PvdA and independent consultant) discuss the preparation for the elections, the candidates etc. Want to participate? Su
In the wake of the Constituent Assembly’s resumption of discussions, 1st of October, the Centre for Mediterranean and International Studies (CEMI) and NIMD, organized a large multiparty gathering for young politicians.
On 29 and 30 August a lively conference and debate took place in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on politics on local level, women participation and seeking dialogue and consensus. The event marked the official start of the NIMD programme in Honduras.
An unforgettable day for the first class of students of the Tunisian School of Politics (TSoP), a memorable day for the NIMD and its partners. After five months of trainings, 30 Tunisian youth politicians received their diploma’s for successfully participating in the practical politics course.
In Ecuador, NIMD has a joint programme with International IDEA. The office is called Ágora Democrática (IDEA-NIMD) and was founded in 2006, just before the national elections that fundamentally changed the political landscape in Ecuador. Since then, Ágora Democrática (IDEA-NIMD) has been closely
Interaction with European counterparts is an integrated part of the Tunisian School of Politics’ curriculum. The expertise of European politicians in the domains of local governance, multiparty democracy and political party management is highly recognised and appreciated among the TSoP participant
NIMD condemns the apparent military take-over of the Malian government and the removal of President Touré as head of state this morning (22 March 2012). NIMD regrets this clear setback to the democratic process of the country. The scheduled elections for the new president are only a month away.
The partnership of NIMD, DEMO Finland, Bulgarian School of Politics (BSoP) is pleased to announce that their Tunisian country partner CEMI has secured three years of additional funding from the Council of Europe for its Tunisian School of Politics programme. The partnership of NIMD, DDEMO, BSoP and
Capacity development in form of training is increasingly becoming a common feature of the work of NIMD and its partners. In an effort to contribute to the efforts being made in this area, NIMD and International IDEA organised a two week long course on 'BRIDGE Training the Facilitators' (TtF) that to
International IDEA Secretary-General, Vidar Helgesen, and the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) Executive Director, Hans Bruning, announced a new strategic partnership between their two organisations in the area of democracy cooperation.
From 25 to 28 February 2012 Hans Bruning, Executive Director of NIMD, undertook a mission to Bolivia; one of the oldest of NIMD programme countries. While having visited various countries in Latin America in previous positions it was the first time he visited Bolivia's capital, La Paz.
On Thursday 15 March from 10 - 12 am, NIMD organises a debate on 'Democratic processes and economic development in the Andean region'. The debate is held at ProDemos, Hofweg 1H (5th floor) in The Hague. The meeting is held in English.
On 26 February 2012 the NIMD, DEMO Finland, BSoP and Tunisian country partner CEMI’s programme Tunisian School of Politics (TSoP) welcomed its first class of fifty participants from nine participating political parties from the Assemble Constituant. The School and its partners are proud to announc
Following a successful completion of the pilot project in Telavi – the capital of Kakheti region in East Georgia – NIMD embarked on its effort to further expand the Democracy Schools in Georgia. To deliver a closing lecture in Telavi Democracy School and to welcome a new group of students in Kut
On February 9th 2012, more than a year after the long pushed but unexpected announced of president Kikwete on New Year’s Eve of December 31st 2010 to start the preparations for a Constitutional reform process, the final version of the presidential reform bill was finally passed by parliament. A tw
Bjørn Førde, director of DIPD, joined an NIMD exchange visit of Egyptians visiting the democracy schools in Indonesia. In this article he writes about this experience and his views on democracy education in Egypt.
The Guatemalan Congress approved with 128 votes in favour, the creation of the Social Economic Council (decree 2-2012). The Council will have a permanent status and will act in a consulting role towards the state on economic, social and environmental matters. Also, the Council can propose and suppor
On Monday 16 January, the day after a high-level multiparty round table dinner in one of the traditional restaurants of the old Medina, the participating parties reassembled for a dialogue session on constitutional reform and majoritarianism.
On Sunday evening 15 January, the day after Tunisia’s one year celebration of the revolution, NIMD and its partners held the take-off event of their new Tunisia programme. The event was a high-level multiparty round table dinner in one of the traditional restaurants of the old Medina.
The Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD), DEMO Finland, and the Bulgarian School of Politics (BSoP) have teamed up with Tunisian NGO CEMI, Centre des Etudes Méditerranéennes et Internationales, to jointly found a ‘Tunisian School of Politics’ targeted at high-potential youth m
On 8 and 9 December 2011, two interactive workshops took place with local youth in Santa Domingo and Esmeraldas in Ecuador. The workshops were organised by NIMD's local partner Agora Democrática (NIMD-IDEA) and are part of a broader programme, which is called 'Activate' and focuses on stimulating y
On 1 and 2 December 2011, the international seminar 'Dimensions of Security' took place in Quito, Ecuador. The seminar was organised by NIMD's partner in Ecuador, Agora Democrática (NIMD-IDEA) in cooperation with International IDEA. The seminar, in which around 40 experts participated, was a follow
A new era for NIMD commences. As of 1 December 2011, Hans Bruning (54) is appointed as the new Executive Director of NIMD. Hans (54) has functioned as the Executive Director ad interim at NIMD since March 2011. His biggest priority during the past months was to secure NIMD’s funding for the next f
On Friday 25 November, the Democray Ribbons are handed out for the third year in a row. It is a tribute to those who commit themselves in a special way to democracy. The ceremony will take place at 17:15 during the Digital Democracy 2020 event in the Waag Society on the Nieuwmarkt in Amsterdam. The
On Wednesday 2 November the youngsters of the Permanent Forum of Political Parties (Foro Permanente de Partidos Políticos) and the leaders of the Supreme Electoral Tribune (Tribunal Supremo Electoral) organized an event together to stimulate voting and political participation amongst Guatemalan you
On 24 October the Latin American partners of NIMD gathered for a three day conference in the small village of Puembo, under the shadows of Ecuador’s capital Quito. A six member delegation of NIMD from The Hague was also present. The main focus of the conference was on exchanging information on pol
On September 19-20, 2011 NIMD Georgia Political Party Assistance program consultants, program team and NIMD HQ program manager gathered for the program evaluation workshop. The workshop aimed at assessing a year long process that NIMD undertook with seven political parties in Georgia, outline lesso
On 15 September, NIMD Georgia celebrated the International Day of Democracy with the official launch of a Democracy School at the Telavi State University. For this special occasion, the first lecture was given by Levan Tsutskiridze, NIMD Representative in Georgia, who spoke about the history of mode
The presidential and parliamentary elections in Guatemala of 11 September 2011 have created the context for improvement of the political situation in the violence-ridden Central American country. This room for improvement is essential in order for Guatemala to grow towards a stable institutionalized
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has allocated € 30,177,500 to the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) for the coming 4 years. NIMD tendered for the Political Parties Fund II in August this year. The subsidy framework entails the period of 2012 - 2015.
With the announcement of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to grant NIMD’s 2012-2015 multiannual subsidy proposal, in which Tunisia was proposed as new programme country, and based on multiple assessment missions to Tunisia to explore feasibility of a multiparty programme, NIMD has decided to
On 19-21 September 2011, NIMD organised a regional conference on Constitutional Reforms and Constitutionalism in Africa in Maputo, Mozambique. At the end of the conference, participants issued a communiqué that outlined key outcomes and conclusions of the deliberations.
On 1-2 September 2011, a workshop on the impact of organised crime on governance and state building took place in New York City. The workshop, in which around 15 experts participated, was a follow-up of the regional seminar on Organised Crime and State Capture that was held in Lima, Peru earlier thi
NIMD, in cooperation with Mozambican political parties, hosts an African Regional Conference on Constitutional Reforms and Constitutionalism in Africa in Maputo from 18 to 21 September 2011. Former President of Mozambique and Chair Person of the Africa Forum of Former Heads of State and Government J
NIMD celebrated the farewell to its Executive Director Roel von Meijenfeldt on 22 June in Sociëteit de Witte in The Hague. After 9 years at the helm of NIMD, Roel von Meijenfeldt considered NIMDs reorganization a timely moment to hand over executive responsibilities to a successor and decided to r
In response to the increased interest of Central Election Commission of Georgia (CEC) towards NIMD’s approach to strategic planning and its methodology, strategic management training cycle has been launched for CEC members, head of departments and the CEC leadership. The training cycle aimed at su
The Netherlands Defence Academy (NLDA), each year invites around 15 army officers from different African countries to the Netherlands for a special month-long educational programme. The Staff Officers Course Africa (SOCA) has a clear focus on military affairs and issues, but the programme is also ai
Human Dimension Seminar organized by OSCE/ODIHR on 18-20 May, 2011 and devoted to “the role of political parties in the political process” took place in Warsaw, Poland. NIMD used this opportunity to share its experience in political party assistance. Side event organized by the NIMD draw partic
In February 2011 NIMD Georgia invited Bolivian experts on biometric voter registration to share their experiences with Georgian political parties. The Georgian ruling party and 16 opposition parties are negotiating a redraft of the election code which will regulate the 2012 elections. For this new e
On 3-6 May 2011, NIMD, within the framework of its Africa Regional Programme, facilitated a visit of a high level delegation of Ugandan politicians under the auspices of the NIMD’s supported Inter-Party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD) to Tanzania. The visit was to accord the Ugandan political par
Every 4 years NIMD is evaluated. The most recent evaluation was done by the Policy and Operations Evaluation Department (IOB) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs over the period of 2006-2010. NIMD uses these outcomes in preparation for its multi-annual plan.
On 18-19 April 2011 NIMD organized a 2-day workshop in Bamako, Mali for all registered political parties. The workshop focused on improving parties’ capacity to develop realistic election manifestos in the preparation for the 2012 elections.
NIMD's Africa Regional Programme (ARP) is premised on the understanding that despite the diversity of features that characterise the countries in Africa, the democratisation agenda faces a number of common challenges.
On 8 October 2010, NIMD Georgia presented its latest publication: Constitutional Reform in Georgia: Insights from political parties to representatives from the media, local and international NGOs and political party representatives in Tbilisi.
Professors, university students, politicians and journalists need a reality check, according to Honduran economist Mayra Falck, who recently gave a lively presentation on human rights, social cohesion and democracy in Latin America.
Last month, NIMD organised a policy-making workshop for the six parliamentary political parties in Uganda. The workshop, which was also attended by senior party members, focussed on practical skills and policy-making techniques.
Guided by the principle that a democracy needs strong and sustainable political parties with the capacity to represent citizens and provide policy choices, NIMD recently launched its Political Party Assistance (PPA) programme in Georgia.
In the lead-up to Zanzibar’s July 2010 referendum, two political parties appeared together at a referendum festival, their joint message: “NDIYO, kwa Zanzibar tuitakayo”, Kiswahili for “Vote YES for a Zanzibar that we want”.
Political party leaders, friends and potential partners joined NIMD’s representation in Georgia on 21 September to celebrate the official launch of the NIMD offices at Zandukeli 5, in the heart of Tbilisi.
Today is a special day for supporters of democracy around the world. The third annual International Day of Democracy celebrates champions of democracy with the awarding of Democracy Ribbons and a full day of events in The Hague.
One year on from parliamentary elections, Ghana’s political parties continue to work together to improve the country’s democratic institutions, most recently through a series of consultations on constitutional reform.
A new version of Georgia’s constitution was submitted to Parliament on 21 July 2010 by the State Constitutional Commission. The question is: will this new constitution bring greater stability and democracy to the country?
In March 2010, NIMD and Hivos launched a joint publication, Beyond Orthodox Approaches: Assessing opportunities for democracy support in the Middle East and North Africa. Hivos have now posted a review of the book on their website.
Malawi has successfully overcome some of the challenges that Uganda now faces in the run-up to its general elections in early 2011. That’s why a delegation of Ugandan politicians visited Malawi last month, to learn how it was done.
Yesterday, a large majority of the Kenyan people approved a new constitution through a referendum. Both the result and the peaceful conduct of the referendum present a great mandate for political reform in Kenya.
In 2010, NIMD's local partner in Ecuador, Agora Democrática (NIMD-IDEA), launched a political magazine, Agora Política. The aim of the magazine is to disseminate a variety of perspectives on the new political situation in Ecuador.
On 4 August, Kenyans go to the polls, facing a choice between 'Yes' or 'No' in answer to the question: "Do you approve the proposed constitution?" or in Swahili: "Je, unaikubali katiba mpya inayopendekezwa?"
Communication between electoral bodies and political parties is an essential part of any democracy. Mozambique therefore faces a problem, as dialogue between the CNE and political parties there is virtually non-existent.
On 30 May 2010, less than a year after Georgia's August war with Russia, Tbilisi voters had their first chance to elect their Mayor. Ann Tsurtsumia reports on the outcome of the mayoral race, and the reactions of the winners and losers.
fBDM spent the first half of 2010 developing a range of instruments, including radio and television programmes, newspapers inserts, book publications and weblogs. Join Lizzy Beekman in the new multimedia Bolivia.
NIMD’s Latin America Regional Conference, held in Guatemala in May, focussed on recent changes in Latin American politics, and the challenges to democracy in the region. Is it time to reinvent Latin American democracy support?
NIMD's partner in Mali is currently undertaking a project to improve the position of women within political parties. The twelve month project, sponsored by UNDP and UNIFEM, aims to increase women's representation in the 2012 elections.
On 15 June 2010 the first of four dialogue meetings was held in Maputo, bringing together political parties, representatives from the CNE and civil society organisations to debate electoral campaign and political party funding.
In 2009 NIMD, together with FDO and EPD, organised the first International Day of Democracy in the Netherlands. Preparations are underway for this year's event, with the organisers seeking nominations for four Heroes of Democracy.
Njeri Kebeberi is the Director of the Centre for Multiparty Democracy in Kenya (CMD-K). In the aftermath of the troubled 2007 elections, CMD-K played a visible and constructive role in fostering a multi-actor dialogue.
Voters in the Netherlands went to the polls on 9 June, and the preliminary results are now in. While the final make-up of the new government remains to be seen, the political landscape of the country has shifted significantly.
NIMD’s Africa Regional Programme conference is being hosted by the Ugandan political parties who, on 5 February 2010, launched an interparty dialogue platform known as the Interparty Organisation for Dialogue, (IPOD).
NIMD was founded by seven Dutch political parties in 2000. In NIMD's Magazine 2010, we asked the chaipersons of these seven parties to explain their reasons for supporting NIMD's work. Here are their answers.
Marieke van Doorn, Senior Programme Coordinator for the Secretariat of the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD), discusses recent events in Zimbabwe, and what her organisation has been doing to promote democracy.
This week, NIMD’s Africa Regional Programme (ARP) will facilitate an exchange programme in Nairobi between members of Ghana’s Constitutional Review Committee and constitutional stakeholders from Zimbabwe, Zambia and Kenya.
NIMD’s Africa Regional Programme recently facilitated an exchange visit by a delegation of Malian politicians and electoral stakeholders to Ghana, in order to deepen their understanding of the Ghanaian electoral system.
Danish researchers and a British consultancy firm, respectively, have praised the Dutch model of party support as the most innovative existing model for supporting political parties in the developing world.
In January 2007, African Heads of State and Government took an unprecedented and historic step towards the entrenchment of democracy on the continent by adopting the African Union Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.
As a result of last December's elections in Bolivia, NIMD and the Fundación Boliviana para la Democracia Multipartidaria (FBDM, or Bolivian Foundation for Multiparty Democracy) have intensified their debate on how to work under the new political circumstances.
On 25 and 26 January, delegations from KID Indonesia, CMD Malawi and the NIMD Field Office in Guatemala came together with colleagues from NIMD in The Hague to kick-start the 'Collective Learning on Planning Monitoring and Evaluation (PME)' project.
Political parties in Uganda have agreed to a dialogue with a view to contributing to free and fair elections early next year and long-term democratic reforms. The agreement, which has been facilitated by NIMD, was sealed today at a signing ceremony in the Ugandan capital Kampala.
On November 17, the Council of the European Union agreed to adopt the Council Conclusions on Democracy Support in the EU’s External Affairs. NIMD has actively contributed to the preparation of this new EU policy framework.
On 10 December, the President of Indonesia, Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono opened the second Bali Democracy Forum (BDF). NIMD is present at the conference, which focuses on democracy, development and prospects for regional cooperation.
On November 3 the Kenyan democracy activist Njeri Kabeberi was honoured in The Hague, The Netherlands, where she received a "democracy ribbon" for her contribution to peace and democracy in her country.
On October 30 Kenyan democracy activist Njeri Kabeberi received a Human Rights Award from the Chamber of Lawyers of Frankfurt am Main. Subsequently, on November 3, she was honoured in The Netherlands, where she was awarded a 'democracy ribbon' by the mayor of The Hague.
On Monday 19 October, political youth representatives of Suriname and the Netherlands discussed the future relation between both countries during a special edition of the youth television programme Gran Krutu in Suriname.
Together with the African democracy institute IDASA and the Africa Forum, NIMD has presented the initiative for Leadership and Democracy in Africa (iLEDA) at the European Development Days in Stockholm, Sweden.
On 17 September, two weeks after the launch of the Dialogue Platform, political parties, the electoral commission (CNE) and representatives of several Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) met each other again in Maputo.
On 17 September, the political youth programme of NIMDs partner, the Bolivian Foundation for Multiparty Democracy (FBDM) organised a book- and video launch 'When diversity meets understanding' in La Paz, Bolivia.
In a rare show of unity and a common commitment to ensure credible, free and fair elections, Mozambican election stakeholders resolved to establish a dialogue platform in the run-up to the general elections on October 28 2009.
Ecuador is working on the implementation of a new Constitution. New national, regional and local elections were held in April 2009. On August 10 Rafael Correa was inaugurated as President of Ecuador for a second term.
NIMD has invited Emeric Rogier, head of the Situation Analysis Section in the Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division of the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court for a lunch lecture on July 9th at noon.
"The Road ahead under President Zuma, is the title of my lecture, even though roads ahead are difficult to predict", said Allister Sparks, one of South Africa’s finest political analysts at a lunch lecture at NIMD on June 19th.
Some 60 delegates representing more than 20 political parties from 10 African states, met in Naivasha Kenya from 7-10th June 2009 for the annual conference of the Southern African Regional Progamme (ESARP).
From June 10-14 NIMD and partners met in Nairobi to exchange ideas and reflect on lessons learned from the processes of our collective democracy work. This is the first time that the NIMD Partnership Days was hosted by one of our partners: the Centre for Multiparty Democracy Kenya (CMD-K) in Nairobi
‘If you wanted a revolution in Zimbabwe, you shouldn’t have negotiated’ says Zimbabwe’s PM Morgan Tsvangirai as he starts a tour of Western capitals. Tsvangirai's first stop was The Hague, where he met with the Dutch PM and an NIMD delegation, headed by NIMDs President, dr. B. Bot
The guest house of the university of Suriname in Paramaribo was filled on Monday (June 1) as as the first group of young politicians to take part in Democracy Units Train-the-Trainer programme received their graduation certificates.
Malawi held its presidential and parlimentary elections yesterday. As the returns trickle in Kizito Tenthani, Executive Director, CMD-M offers his thoughts on an election that has so far passed off peacefully.
The Evert Vermeer Foundation (EVF), Cordaid and the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) will organise a debate on the elections in Malawi on the 26th of May in Felix Meritis (Amsterdam). All are welcome.
NIMD’s local partner, the Centre for Multiparty Democracy Malawi (CMD-M) has been working tirelessly in the run up to general elections to advance two central aims for these elections: the guarantee of a level playing field for the parties and a fair and peaceful electoral process.
On April 24-25, two Zimbabwean Ministers, Elton Mangoma, (Economic Planning and Industry) and Welshman Ncube (Industry and Commerce), visited The Netherlands on their first trip to Europe since the inauguration of the new tripartite government in February this year.
NIMD is hosting Ministers Welshman Ncube and Elton Mangoma In The Hague to discuss the possibility of receiving support for democratic reforms in Zimbabwe with Dutch politicians and aid agencies. The Ministers will also meet with the Dutch Minister for International Cooperation Bert Koenders.
Four young people from Suriname visited the Netherlands from 26 till 31 of January, to engage with Dutch political youth and exchange valuable experiences on democracy and political youth participation.
This December Ghana’s Democracy was for the fifth successive time, put to the test. Eight million, two hundred thousand people went to the polls to decide the political fate of Ghana for the next four years. IEA's Jean Mensa offers this in-depth analysis.
The 2008 ESARP Round Table was held December 3-4 in The Hague to discuss matters related to the regional programme. Participants from several programme countries had a chance to reflect jointly and consultatively on the lessons and achievements so far as well as the work ahead.
On 15 October the leadership of Ghana’s main political parties presented the Democratic Consolidation Strategy Paper (DCSP), a joint analysis of the country’s democratic system that proposes a number of practical reforms.
A ten-person delegation of Malawian political leaders travelled to Nairobi this week to engage in a series of intensive workshops aimed at teasing out lessons from the post-election crisis which engulfed Kenya at the start of 2008.
Appropriately on the 1st international day of democracy, NIMD has launched a new website. Using open source technology, the website enables us to share information more effectively with our partners and democracy advocates worldwide.
Leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) called on the Zimbabwe government to postpone the presidential elections run-off scheduled for the 27th and hold talks with the opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai.
During an NIMD Round Table conference in Mali on 27 April, Malian political parties agreed to the need to reform the electoral management system. Two Euro-MPs from the Netherlands joined in the discussions.
The relationship between politicians and media in Central America is quite often characterized by tension and hostility. At 12 July 2007, both parties joined in an open dialogue at a conference in Managua, Nicaragua.
"Do not wait until you are in government to do something about poverty eradication!" This was the message of an exchange visit between political parties from South Africa and Malawi, held from 9 to 13 July 2007.
Zambian political parties have agreed upon a road map for constitutional reform and confirmed their commitment to further cooperation at the launch of the Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue on 26 June.
During a three-day visit to the Netherlands hosted by NIMD, seven Indonesian political parties and their Dutch counterparts agreed upon future collaboration to stimulate the democratization process in Indonesia.
From 22-23 February in Cartagena, Colombia, journalists, politicians and scholars from five Andean countries discussed the outcome of a series of workshops on the relations between the media and politics in the region.