With the 2010 launch of a new strategy for Danish development assistance, support to aspiring democracies has become a key priority for Denmark. In its annual report, the Danish International Development Agency, Danida, highlights the establishment of DIPD as one of the main efforts to support democratization in the global south. Read the Annual Report […]
International Media Support (IMS) has received 33.5 million DKK to support the development of independent media and press freedom in the Middle East and North Africa over the next two years. Social media played a vital role during the Arab spring as a forum to organize the pro-democratic rallies and voice political dissent. These developments […]
Violence, killings and unregulated campaign finance endanger political life ahead of the Guatemalan polls in September International Crisis Group warns in new report. While electoral polls at the September elections may be perfectly clean, the political context in Guatemala is anything but. Violence directed at candidates and electoral staff and exorbitantly expensive campaigns threaten the […]
With the approval of the ultraconservative Salafi party, the Nour Party, Sunday, three parties with a reference to Islam have entered the political stage in Egypt. Post-revolutionary Egypt has drawn previously unrepresented and apolitical groups into the political fray. Sunday, the Salafi political party, the Nour Party, was approved by the Political Parties’ Affairs Committee […]
A vast majority of Egyptians are positive about the direction of their country and overwhelmingly pleased with the resignation of Hosni Mubarak. Yet, 65 percent are unsure on which party to vote for in the parliamentary elections scheduled for September. The results of the Egypt poll are released by the International Republican Institute (IRI).
Following the official opening and the conference on Egypt and Tunisia on 26 May, DIPD organised a seminar on 27 May to discuss some of the challenging issues of the new multiparty system unfolding in Egypt. Guests from Egypt and the international community working within the field of political party support participated.
The process of democratisation presently unfolding in North Africa and the Middle East was the theme of the conference immediately following the official launch of DIPD. Guests from Egypt and Tunisia provided first hand impressions of the situation – and the role that could possibly be played by external actors like DIPD.
DIPD was officially launched in an event at the Danish Parliament on 26 May 2011. In connection with the opening, DIPD presented its Strategy for 2011-13: “Political Parties in a Democractic Culture” that will guide the institute’s work and cooperation with partners.
Political parties in Egypt may need to build their skills in forming alliances in order to gain influence in a new democratic setting, says Dr. Fatma Khafagy, who is a prominent women’s rights activist as well as a founding member of one of Egypt’s new parties. For years Dr. Fatma Khafagy has advocated the respect […]
Engaging the young people in the political shaping of Egypt will be crucial for the success of the revolution, says Fathy Abou Hatab, Egyptian journalist and managing editor. The question is how to do this, he says in this interview. As the youngest panellist invited to speak at the DIPD opening conference: “The future of […]