The Guidance Note on Democracy was released in 2009 by the United Nations Secretary-General. Although primarily intended for the UN Secretariat, it presents a conception of democracy and principles for assistance that are helpful in general. Overall, the Guidance Note promotes a broad and open definition of democracy, while providing an illustrative framework to how democracy may be consolidated by local and external actors.
What might more effective support for political party and party system development look like? This synthesis report draws on country studies from Georgia, Nepal, Nigeria and Uganda as well as a regional review of Latin American experiences to consider this, and provides operational recommendations for the future. Read more
This fact-finding and policy review paper is a comparitive analysis about the impacts of organized crime, and specifically drugs related crime, on the Latin American political systems. The focus of the study is on Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia and Bolivia.
“Drugs, Democracy and Security: The impact of organized crime on the political system of Latin America” is commissioned by the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) Read more
The paper “Beyond Orthodox Approaches – Assessing Opportunities for Democracy Support in the Middle East and North Africa” offers an exploration of how organizations can best support democratization in the Middle East and North African region. Posing questions on the obstacles to and possibilities for democracy support in the Middle East and North Africa, Bethe report offers an insightful overview of the Political landscape of the region and a thorough analysis of the potential programmes that external democracy support organizations could consider.
The report includes case studies from three countries: Morocco, Egypt and Iran. The insights offered in these cases, contextualized within their respective socio-political systems, echo the challenges facing other non-democratic societies.
The “Evaluation of the Norwegian Centre for Democracy Support 2002-2009″ presents an evaluation of the Norwegian Centre for Democracy Support (NDS), which was closed in 2009 by the Norwegian Minister of Environment and Development. The evaluation sums up the critical issues and achievements of the NDS and includes experiences from other countries’ organizations with similar objectives as well as suggestions for a new arrangement to foster cooperation between Norwegian political parties and parties in the South. Case studies from Nepal and Kenya are included.