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Using dialogue to enable inclusive and sustainable democracies​

Polarized relations between a country’s political parties make it difficult to pursue reforms that are needed for democracy, peace and development. Trust and cooperation between parties is essential. Intra- and inter-party dialogue is often an inclusive and sustainable way for governments to find solutions to complex national issues. Dialogue requires politicians to properly engage with one another—to reflect, exchange views and seek consensus on the best solutions for citizens.

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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.

 

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2018
For most part of the year, Brazil has seen large number of citizen protests in light of the Lava Jato (“Car Wash”) scandal and the Odebrecht case (Photo  Cretit: Márcio Motta)

For most part of the year, Brazil has seen large number of citizen protests in light of the Lava Jato (“Car Wash”) scandal and the Odebrecht case (Photo  Cretit: Márcio Motta)

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2017
Colombia streets. Photo credit: Pedro Szekely Flickr

Colombia streets. Photo credit: Pedro Szekely Flickr

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2017
Lunch with participants at the IDEAthon in Lima, Peru on 20 November 2017. Photo credit: Yael Rojas. 

Lunch with participants at the IDEAthon in Lima, Peru on 20 November 2017. Photo credit: Yael Rojas. 

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2017
Yangon Region Chief Minister, U Phyo Min Thein, addressing regional government staff and representatives from the EU and International IDEA. Image: Thet Htun Aung.

Yangon Region Chief Minister, U Phyo Min Thein, addressing regional government staff and representatives from the EU and International IDEA. Image: Thet Htun Aung.

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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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