DIPD Democracy seminar

DIPD Democracy seminar

The Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy supports the strengthening of democratization and a democratic culture through partnerships with political parties, multiparty platforms and institutions in a number of countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. In several of the countries this support includes strengthening the local basis and engagement of political parties. In 2013 more than fifty international guests were invited to participate in DIPD’s Study Tour on Danish Municipal Elections. During the inspirational study tour the participants got an insight to Danish local level democracy and political culture, which to a large extent surprised the participants. However, what are the conditions for local political engagement in our cooperating countries – in terms of electoral systems, local administration and governance?

We have invited Per Tidemand – a recognised adviser on local governments with working experience on local government reforms – to give a presentation of key issues. In his presentation Per will focus examples from Tanzanian but also draw from experiences in other countries.  In his presentation Per Tidemand will discuss powers, functions and resources of local governments as well as the electoral systems for both higher level local governments and the so-called “grass roots democracies” at village level. In his presentation he will discuss both the constructive as well destructive aspects of party politics at local levels.

After the presentation there will be time for debate, discussions and questions.

The seminar will take place in “Verdensrummet” at Kvarterhuset, Jemtelandsgade 3, 2300 Copenhagen S. From 3pm – 5 pm on April 29th

The Seminar is part of the DIPD Democracy seminars

For sign up: rrvi@dipd.dk

About Per Tidemand:

Ph.D. International Development Studies, RUC, Denmark

Per has 23 years of practical experience as a consultant working on public sector and local government reform programmes in Africa, Middle East and Asia. This includes assignments in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Malawi, Maldives, Mozambique, Namibia, Palestine, Philippines, South Sudan, Solomon Islands, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.  He has undertaken research on political aspects of reforms in Uganda and Tanzania. He has lived and worked in East Africa for 15 years.