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Unlocking the potential of digital tools for political parties

As people become more used to online services, social networks and the general increase in the role of technology in their everyday lives, there is little reason to leave political activism through political parties beyond such influence.

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Representative democracy cannot function properly without political parties. Political parties provide the vehicle for the electorate to express itself by accommodating interest groups and offering voters different options.

They are also key institutions for participation and representation, responding to the needs of the people. Our Political Parties, Participation and Representation Programme supports political parties focusing on party law and finance, political party organization, political party dialogue, and effective party assistance.

 

 

Political Party Dialogue

In many young democracies, especially those with weak legal and political systems, fundamental reforms are highly needed but often also highly contested. Political parties have an important role to play in developing communication channels and consultation processes for building consensus. Stimulating greater political cooperation in the competitive arena of national politics is crucial to avoid conflict and regain citizen confidence in a country's democratic system.

 

Gender and Political Finance

The impact of economic resources on the political participation of women has become a prominent issue in the field of comparative political finance.

The four-year Respect for Women’s Political Rights (WPR) Programme developed by International IDEA, the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) and other partners aims to strengthen the political leadership of women in three countries—Colombia, Kenya and Tunisia—by improving the political environment for equal participation and leadership of women and men in political parties.

 

The WPR Programme works directly with political parties in the above-mentioned countries to:

  • Assess, reform and transform both formal and informal barriers that impede and discourage progress on gender equality and women’s political rights;
  • Enhance the capacity of women candidates, as well as men and women politicians in general to be more effective fundraisers, campaigners, and leaders; and
  • Build political parties’ institutional capacities on gender-sensitive policymaking and legislation.

 

Digital Parties Portal

Many political parties struggle with utilizing new technologies in their work, whether it is online fundraising or mastering innovative outreach and communication channels.

International IDEA’s Digital Parties Portal contains the tools a political party needs to work effectively. The portal contains niche tools used by political parties as well as more mainstream tools that may be useful in the political realm. The tools were chosen carefully so that they can be used by established and upcoming parties, in contexts with stable internet infrastructure as well as in settings that lack sufficient connectivity.

 

What's Going On

Sep
19
2017
The Secretary-General with the Delegation of South Africa's Gauteng Provincial Legislature. Photo credit: International IDEA

The Secretary-General with the delegation of South Africa's Gauteng Provincial legislature. Photo credit: International IDEA

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Sep
13
2017
Dialogue skills training in Kigali, Rwanda on16 May 2017.

Dialogue skills training in Kigali, Rwanda on16 May 2017.

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Sep
06
2017
Panel de discusión sobre en la Conferencia sobre Integridad Electoral en América Latina realizado el 14 y 15 de agosto de 2017 en la Ciudad de México. De izquierda a derecha: Michael Svetlik, vicepresidente de la Fundación Internacional para Sistemas Electorales (IFES); Juan Pablo Pozo, presidente del Consejo Nacional Electoral de Ecuador; María Marván, presidenta de Transparencia México y Daniel Zovatto, director regional para América Latina y el Caribe de IDEA Internacional. Crédito: IDEA Internacional.

Panel de discusión sobre “Dinero y política en la “Conferencia sobre Integridad Electoral en América Latina” realizado el 14 y 15 de agosto de 2017 en la Ciudad de México. De izquierda a derecha: Michael Svetlik, vicepresidente de la Fundación Internacional para Sistemas Electorales (IFES); Juan Pablo Pozo, presidente del Consejo Nacional Electoral de Ecuador; María Marván, presidenta de Transparencia México y Daniel Zovatto, director regional para América Latina y el Caribe de IDEA Internacional. Crédito foto: IDEA Internacional..

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Sep
06
2017
Panel discussion on "Money and politics" during the Conference on Electoral Integrity in Latin America held on August 14 and 15, 2017 in Mexico City. From left to right: Michael Svetlik, Vice President of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES); Juan Pablo Pozo, President of the National Electoral Council of Ecuador; María Marván, President of Transparencia Mexico and Dr Daniel Zovatto, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of International IDEA. Photo Credit: International

Panel discussion on "Money and politics" during the Conference on Electoral Integrity in Latin America held on August 14 and 15, 2017 in Mexico City. From left to right: Michael Svetlik, Vice President of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES); Juan Pablo Pozo, President of the National Electoral Council of Ecuador; María Marván, President of Transparencia Mexico and Dr Daniel Zovatto, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of International IDEA. Photo Credit: International IDEA.

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Sep
04
2017
Participantes en el taller. Crédito de la foto: Carolina Floru, IDEA  Internacional

Participantes en el taller. Crédito de la foto: Carolina Floru, IDEA  Internacional

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Sep
04
2017
Participants in the workshop. Photo credit: Carolina Floru, International IDEA

Participants in the workshop. Photo credit: Carolina Floru, International IDEA

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Jorge Valladares
Senior Programme Manager
Jorge Valladares’s focus is on the generation of comparative knowledge, policy analysis and practical tools on issues of democratic representation and participation, particularly political parties. His work aims to support party members, parliamentarians and public officials fulfill their...

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