There are various challenges to democracy which have worsened during the Covid-19 pandemic. Some countries have experienced democratic backsliding and other problems from the perspective of democratic participation, human rights and the rule of law.

To discuss these issues in the context of the Philippines, a webinar entitled ‘Democracy Talks in Manila: The Role of Youth Voices in Democracy’ was organized in December 2020 by the Embassy of Sweden in Manila, International IDEA and the Program on Social and Political Change at the University of the Philippines Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UP CIDS). The webinar was part of the Swedish Government’s Drive for Democracy initiative, and among the participants were students, youth leaders and youth advocates of democracy and human rights.


Publication date
15 March 2021
Number of pages
Embassy of Sweden (Manila) and the Program on Social and Political Change, Center for Integrative and Development Studies, University of the Philippines
978-91-7671-392-1 (PDF)
978-91-7671-391-4 (Print)



Highlights of the webinar

Opening remarks

Welcome remarks

Presentation of IDEA’s Global Monitor of Covid-19’s Impact on Democracy and Human Rights

Relevant findings from the constitutional performance assessment

Facilitated roundtable discussion on youth views on Philippine democracy

Questions from the audience

Closing and synthesis


Annex A. Global State of Democracy country profile: The Philippines 2019

Annex B. About the speakers

Annex C. Programme

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Democracy Talks in Manila: The Role of Youth Voices in Democracy

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