While very different in ideological outlook and organizational structure, all eight parties in the Danish Parliament have a youth wing and today it would be inconceivable for a political party in Denmark not to have a youth wing. This inspirational guide, covering 30 topics to debate and consider when building up political youth wings, is a joint greeting from Danish youth politicians and activists to all young people working with politics in countries in transition.
“The youth wing of the Social Democratic Party is where I started my career as a politician, and this is where I learned what later made it possible for me to get elected to Parliament,” the Deputy Chairman of DIPD, Mr. Jeppe Kofod, told the audience when the Youth Guide was launched. “Not all of the experiences of Danish youth wings are necessarily relevant in Egypt, but hopefully some of the ideas presented in the Guide will be useful.” Read more
”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.
”Everybody was yelling at each other. They all wanted to defend themselves and attack each other”. EDA had gathered a group of young people from different political parties with very different ideologies: Islamists, liberals and leftists. They were all there for the same reason: to develop and deepen their know how and knowledge of democracy. Read more
Prepared by the Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) in Kenya as part of the collaboration with the Danish Liberal Democracy Programme (DLDP).
The Christiansborg Seminar was driven by a search for ideas and experiences from different corners of the global village, to inspire all of us in our different localities, and focusing on political parties. The intention was not to search for the ‘one-size-fits-all’ magic bullet, which does not exist.