Karina Pultz joined DIPD in October 2011. Her responsibilities include website editing, research and arranging conferences and seminars. She will assist on DIPD projects in Egypt, Myanmar and Nepal and support the political parties with their projects in Palestine, Bolivia and Honduras.
Before joining DIPD she was research assistant at the Danish Institute for International Studies, where she made research into Danish public diplomacy and partnership programmes in the Middle East.
She holds a MSc in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen, where she specialized thematically in democratization and relations between religion and politics and geographically in the Middle East. Furthermore she holds a Bachelor in Science of Religion and Middle Eastern Studies.
11 representatives from political parties, civil society and media were invited to Denmark to observe and learn from the Danish Parliamentary election on 15 September 2011. This report describes the purpose of the visit and introduces the participations from Egypt and their expectations. It summarises the experiences that the participations had and what lessons they have learned observing the Danish democracy in action.
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Read about the experiences of the Egyptian politicians and civil society actors during their stay in Denmark during the parliamentary elections in September of 2011. In this report the participants in the delegation reflect on how the Danish experience can be translated into and made useful in an Egyptian context. How they can use the methods of their Danish political colleagues in an Egyptian electoral campaign and their daily political work.
The delegation members participated in a seminar on Danish democracy and parliamentary politics; they were hosted by Local Communities, observing the election process at the local level. Before returning to Egypt they had a two-day closing seminar, discussing the most noteworthy lessons learned. The report is an attempt to bring together an overview of what took place during a very hectic week.
The major purpose of the delegation was to share the Danish model with our Egyptian colleagues; to provide them with an opportunity to observe the election process at the level of the ordinary citizen; and then offering the Egyptian delegates space to reflect on their experiences and discuss among themselves what they can benefit from in their own process of democratizing Egyptian society.
The delegation is part of the larger project entitled “Towards a dynamic and participatory political party environment”, which supports capacity development of political parties in Egypt. The delegation was undertaken in close cooperation with the Danish-Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI), and it was only made possible through the active participation of the Danish political parties.
The active involvement of Danish political parties is an important part of DIPD’s work. In November, the parties met at Christiansborg, home to the Danish Parliament, to discuss how best to support political parties and multiparty systems abroad. Read more