Accountability as a Central Element of Deepening Democracy

25-26 November 2015, Berne, Switzerland

The Democracy Forum was organized by International IDEA in collaboration with the Government of Switzerland, and with H.E. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations as the keynote speaker. The Forum saw dynamic discussions on paths forward towards strengthening democratic accountability processes. Read more

Fostering Democracy and Development through Sound Management of Natural Resources

Gaborone, Botswana, 24-25 November 2014

The Democracy Forum was organized by International IDEA in collaboration with the Government of Botswana, and included as speakers H.E. Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Botswana, and Professor James A. Robinson, co-author of the book “Why Nations Fail”. Read more

Youth Participation in Politics and Elections

Santiago, Chile, 27-28 November 2013

The Democracy Forum brought together policy practitioners, parliamentarians, researchers, civil society and opinion leaders, as well as media representatives from around the world to discuss policy solutions to best address the overall lack of trust by youth in political institutions, and how to foster youth inclusion and participation in politics. Read more

Beyond Elites: People Power, Popular Participation and the Integrity of Democratic Institutions

Canberra, Australia, 26-27 November 2012

The Democracy Forum provided a platform for policy practitioners, parliamentarians, researchers, civil society and media to discuss the challenges of ensuring citizen’s participation in different environments. Key speakers included Senator John Faulkner of Australia; Chair of the Afghan Government’s Transition Coordination Commission Dr Ashraf Ghani; and Director of Local Resource Centre of Myanmar Ms Nilar Myaing. Read more

Sustaining the Momentum of Democratization in the Arab World

Madrid, Spain, 24 November 2011

Opened by Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Trinidad Jiménez García-Herrera, the main focus of the Democracy Forum was how to sustain the momentum of democratization in the Arab world. The objective will be to identify key elements of a democratic culture that would meet the expectations for greater development, equity, transparency and inclusive participation expressed by the people during the “Arab Spring”, and to identify how the international community could meaningfully support the people and actors in the region in addressing those challenges. Read more

Elections, Incumbency and Power – Legitimacy through Integrity

Accra, Ghana, 30 November 2010

Opened by the Minister of Foreign Aff¬airs and Regional Integration of Ghana, Hon. Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni, the Democracy Forum focused on sustaining the legitimacy of democracies by protecting the integrity of electoral processes. Read more

Illicit Funding in Politics as a Challenge to Democracy

Mexico City, Mexico, 1-2 December 2009

The Round Table discussed the global problem of the influence of illicit funding in politics, and the underlined that the increasing influence of illegal networks in subduing political decision-making was a major challenge to democracy around the world. The President of Mexico, H.E. Felipe Calderón, gave the closing remarks of the Round Table. Read more

Democracy and Development

New Delhi, India, 17-18 June 2008

International IDEA and the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) jointly took forward the challenging debate on the inter-linkages between democracy and development. Speakers included Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry and Power, Jairam Ramesh, and Professor Larry Diamond, Stanford University. Read more

Democracy and Diversity

Oslo, Norway, 12 June 2007

Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway and International IDEA, the Roundtable discussed the serious challenges and dilemmas governments, parties, civil society organizations and other political actors face in addressing human diversity in its multiple forms and manifestations. Read more

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