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Evaluation of DIPD

An independent evaluation gives positive conclusions on DIPDs overall strategic approach and work to enhance multiparty dialogue and democratic capacities of political parties especially in Youth in Politics.

Photo: DIPD Egyptian Cross-Political Youth Network in Aswan, Egypt

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Former Minister Rasmus Helveg Petersen to be new Director of DIPD as of January 1st 2017

When DIPD Director Bjørn Førde retires from DIPD at the end of 2016, Rasmus Helveg Petersen will succeed him. This morning, the Board of DIPD agreed unanimously to appoint the 48-year old former politician and journalist by education as the new Director.

Rasmus Helveg Petersen was Minister for Development and later Minister for Climate and Environment in the coalition government formed after the September 2011 election. Before that, he had a career working with development issues in DanChurchAid as well as other Danish NGO’s.

Henrik Bach Mortensen, Chairman of the Board, states as follows:

“We have found the right person to continue the work of the institute. Since the start in 2010, we have achieved many good results. Rasmus Helveg Petersen will now take the lead in developing the strategy for our work in the coming years, to continue to strengthen the role of political parties in democracy and human rights.”

Rasmus Helveg Petersen states:

“What DIPD is working with is of great importance. When we offer support for democracy around the world, it is a direct contribution to promote peace, stability development and the protection of women’s rights. I am proud to have been selected as the next Director of DIPD.”

Find the full press release in English here and the Danish version here.

DIPD Directors Speech at Kathmandu Conference on Women in Politics

See and listen to DIPD Director, Bjørn Førdes speech, at the regional conference on Women in Politics. The conference was organized by the Joint Mechanism for Political Party Strengthening (JOMPOPS) in partnership with the Social Justice and Human Rights Committee of Nepal’s Legislature-Parliament and gathered DIPD parterns from Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar and on 22 and 23 September 2016 in Kathmandu.

CHADEMA Secretary General at Danish Conservative Party Congress

The Danish Conservative Party had invited a delegation from their Tanzanian partner CHADEMA, to their annual congress in September 2016. The two parties have been cooporation since 2013 and their projects are supported by DIPD.  See and listen to CHADEMA Secretary General, Dr. Vincent Mashinhi, Speak at the Danish Conservative Party Congress here: