Effective Party Assistance: Stronger Parties for Better Democracy

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Published: 
27 November 2007
Language: 
English
Pages: 
36
ISBN: 
978-91-85724-27-7
Author(s): 
Matthias Catón
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Party assistance has been part of international cooperation since the 1950s. Since then it has expanded steadily, both in terms of funding and the number of actors involved. Nonetheless, party assistance lacks coherent standards and principles for determining what projects should achieve, how appropriate activities can be identified, and how their impact can be measured.

This Policy Paper calls for the party assistance community to develop joint principles for project needs assessment, monitoring of implementation and impact evaluation. Such principles would make activities more effective and efficient. Indirect measurement tools are necessary to overcome the difficulties of impact measurement in democracy assistance.

Party assistance needs to focus on the functions that political parties fulfil in a democratic system. The basic functions for political parties are to develop consistent policies and government programmes; to pick up demands from society and bundle them; to recruit, select and train people for positions in the executive and legislature; and to oversee and control government.

Contents

Key Recommendations

Executive Summary

Introduction

Analysis

Recommendations

Conclusions

References

Abbreviations

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