‘Challenges to Democracy Building: A Seminar to Inspire a New Swedish Policy” was held in Stockholm, Sweden in May 2007.
It was organized by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, through the Swedish Ambassador for Democracy, Maria Leissner, in cooperation with International IDEA.
Its overarching purpose was to provide inspiration and input for the process of creating a new Swedish policy on democracy building and human rights undertaken by the Ambassador for Democracy.
Participants were invited to point out the main challenges, highlight areas where improvements could be made and give advice with regard to getting the new policy under way.
This publication, produced by International IDEA with support from the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, includes accounts of all the presentations made at the seminar and summarizes its main conclusions.
Maria Leissner, Swedish Ambassador for Democracy
Preface: Democracy and development
Vidar Helgesen, Secretary-General of International IDEA
Acronyms and abbreviations
Supporting democracy: Highlighting the political dimension of international development cooperation
Opening address by the Swedish Minister for Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson
Part 1. Democracy, democracy building and human rights: definitions of and interlinkages between some ‘contested concepts’
Developing democracy: Concepts, measures and empirical relationships
Democracy and human rights: Can human rights mechanisms be used to assess democratic progress?
Part 2. Regional trends, experiences and challenges
Eastern Europe and beyond: Perspectives of the newest EU members
The Inter-American Institute of Human Rights and the promotion of democracy: Background and perspectives
Regional issues in democracy building: Perspectives on recent trends in Africa and the Middle East
Democracy and development in Africa
Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o
Challenges to democracy builders: What can Sweden learn from the EU?
Democracy assessment and democracy promotion from the US perspective
Summary and conclusions: Some recommendations for a new Swedish policy on democracy building
Annex A. About the contributors
Annex B. The conference programme