DIPDs Multiparty Democracy Programme celebrates its three year anniversary in May 2015 and sets a strong course for the years ahead with the signing of a three year grant from the European Union and with the visit of a Multiparty Youth Delegation to Denmark in June.
When the first multi party dialogue conference was held in Yangon focusing on the “Role of Political Parties in Democratic Transitions” it was for many political party leaders the first opportunity to shake hands for many years and the first opportunity to discuss joint challenges and visions for the political transition.
Since then the Myanmar Multiparty Democracy Programme, through consultation with the political parties and related actors such as the Union Election Commission, has harnessed the programme focusing on both political party dialogues and capacity development of political parties. The political party resource centre now operates from the premises close to Sule Pagoda and multiparty dialogues and technical briefing sessions are held regularly both in Yangon and in the regions.
EU provides grant to DIPDs programme
Following an independent EU appraisal mission to Myanmar in 2014 which assessed DIPDs work in Myanmar, DIPD has been invited to form part of a larger EU support programme to the electoral process in Myanmar called STEP – Democracy. This EU electoral and democracy support programme is unique in that it provides support to all key stakeholders in the electoral process: the Union Election Commission, the political parties, the media and the civil society. The focus is to assist in establishing enabling conditions for a free and fair electoral process and strengthening democracy by providing technical support to the key actors so that they can better fulfil their key democratic functions. For DIPD the focus is on assisting the political parties and their relations to the citizens, with the UEC, with media etc.
Photo: Bjørn Førde signs the grant contract
Multi-party Youth Delegation to Denmark
In the same vein DIPD has invited a multi-party youth delegation from Myanmar on a two weeks study-tour to Denmark in June 2015, which will comprise introduction to Danish Youth Parties, participation in the DIPD/KVINFO Conference “100 Years of Women in Politics” in connection with the constitutional celebrations in Denmark and not least opportunity to see first hand the electoral campaigns in Denmark. This is very relevant as Myanmar will hold national elections in November 2015.
Photo: Pre-briefing of the youth delegation prior to the study visit to DK
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