Training Newly Elected “City Mothers” in Nepal

Training Newly Elected “City Mothers” in Nepal

On May 14, Nepal conducted the first-phase of the country’s local elections, following a gap of nearly 20 years.  Women have been elected in significant numbers and the Steering Committee members of the multiparty JOMPOPS platform, DIPD’s partner in Nepal, are now taking initiatives to support the newly elected women with necessary training to ensure […]

Fostering issue based political dialogue in Kenya

Fostering issue based political dialogue in Kenya

Kenya will have its general elections in August 2017, where the people of Kenya from the country and in the diaspora will vote to decide the next political leaders for 5 years. This is presented as a once in a lifetime opportunity for a project that will foster issue based political dialogue in the country […]

Positive Results on Empowering Women in Politics at Local Level

Positive Results on Empowering Women in Politics at Local Level

In the run-up to the local elections in Nepal, DIPD has supported training of potential female candidates. The training has been implemented by the Election Commission of Nepal (ECN) in partnership with the Joint Mechanism for Political Party Strengthening (JOMPOPS). Many of these women succeeded in being selected as candidates and some of them got […]

Policy Advocacy and Budget Monitoring in Myanmar

Policy Advocacy and Budget Monitoring in Myanmar

The Myanmar Multiparty Democracy Programme (MMDP) conducted a two days capacity building session on “Policy Advocacy and Budget Monitoring’ for the political party youth in Kachin State on 3-4 May. The event supported political party youth to understand how to advocate on Myanmar’s National Youth Policy, raising awareness on budget processes at regional and state […]

Reporting on Peace and Conflict in Kachin

Reporting on Peace and Conflict in Kachin

Is there press freedom under the new government? Are the media and political parties able to channel the voices of citizens living in conflict situations? These questions are very crucial for the media and parties wrestling with such challenges in Myanmar today. To understand these questions, and to promote dialogue between parties and the media […]

Local Elections in Nepal

Local Elections in Nepal

The first-phase of the local elections in Nepal took place on 14 May 2017, with enthusiastic voter turnout of around 71 per cent. These elections are considered as an important step towards implementing the newly drafted Constitution of Nepal; the new Constitution stipulates all three elections namely local, provincial and national need to be held […]

Innovations and Inspiration in Party Building

Innovations and Inspiration in Party Building

Two political party pioneers in party building visited DIPD and the Myanmar political parties for frank and inspiring talks on party building with an innovative approach. With the conclusion of the April by elections in Myanmar, political parties now have a three-year window before the next general elections. During this period, political parties will have […]

Myanmar’s By-Elections: Another Step Forward

Myanmar’s By-Elections: Another Step Forward

On 1 April, Myanmar held its first elections under the new National League for Democracy (NLD) government. These by-elections, targeting 19 seats in the national and state/regional assemblies, showcased another well-administered election that returned a wide range of political parties to represent their constituencies. The ruling NLD won 8 of the 12 seats at play […]

DIPD’ polling agents training activities for by-election

DIPD’ polling agents training activities for by-election

In advance of Myanmar’s 1 April by-elections, the first test of elections under the NLD government, parties are watching to make sure that the elections are conducted in a credible and transparent way. To this end, parties are their organizing teams of polling agents to observe the by-elections. In support of parties’ efforts to observe […]

New Director in Nepal

New Director in Nepal

In January this year, Rasmus Helveg Petersen became the new Director for DIPD, succeeding Bjørn Førde who had retired in December 2016. The new Director visited Nepal from 15th March to 20th March mainly to meet with the local partners and to understand the overall situation of the country. Meetings The new Director met the […]