The “Evaluation of Dutch Support to Capacity Development - the Case of the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy” aims to provide insights into the support of the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) and its success in strenghtening multiparty systems in developing countries. The research for the NIMD evaluation began by examining the processes and results at the level of the partners of NIMD, and then assessed these findings against NIMD’s theory of change.
The Evaluation is based on case studies of NIMD’s work in Guatemala, Kenya, Mali and the West African Regional Programme of Political Parties (WARPP) as well as an institutional evaluation of NIMD itself.
Post-conflict and fragile states have become matters of prominent concern for international policy makers. This report provides a brief overview of the lessons learned in the field of democracy assistance in post-conflict societies in general and of political party assistance in particular.
Political parties are indispensable for making democracy work. Finding the proper conditions for the better internal functioning and effective legal regulation of political parties is of key importance anywhere. This report is the result of worldwide research and dialogue with political parties. Together with national and regional research partners, International IDEA is improving insight and comparative knowledge.
4. African Parties and Electoral Systems
5. Party Structures and Internal Organization
6. External Party Regulations
7. Conclusions and Recommendations
The report provides an insight into the international community’s efforts to support the emergence of functioning party systems in so-called developing and transition countries and touches upon topics such as the advantages of party aid, the advantages of party system aid, the role of party internationals, and role of foundations. To provide an empirical background to the discussions, an analysis of party system restructuring in Malawi in the 2004 election is also included.
“Supporting Political Party Systems – Experiences and Challenges” was developed on the basis of a workshop organized by SIDA’s Division of Democratic Governance and the Collegium for Development Studies at Uppsula University.
2. Political Party Aid: Summary of Discussion
3. Political Party Aid: Issues for Reflection and Discussion
4. Party system re-structuring in Malawi in the 2004 election: Can and should international party assistance play a role
5. Repoliticisation of Democracy in Developing Countries: Reflections on an Emerging Trend
What is the role of political parties in democracy and how may international actors aid political parties in upcoming democracies? These are the key issues for “Building Better Democracies – why political parties matter”, which presents an insight into the importance of political parties and different approaches to international political party assistance.
The report is based on presentations and discussions given at Wilton Park Conference WPS04/4, held in conjunction with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, on ‘Achieving Sustainable Political Change in Emerging Democracies: the political party challenge’, 15-17 March 2004.