Invite to 'Engaging with Politics: towards smarter international support to revitalise democracy'

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Katherine Hellier

Mar 16, 2022, 5:47:42 AMMar 16
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Dear All,

We are delighted to invite you to the webinar on “Engaging with politics: towards smarter international support to revitalise democracy” on Wednesday 30th March 2022, 14:00-16:00 GMT+1. 


Please follow this link to register for the event through the ODI website: 


The puzzle of how to revitalise democracy is one of the leading challenges we confront today across countries and geographies, and it is a question that lies at the core of current foreign policy and international development debates. Standard approaches to support democracy have remained limited in considerable ways, so this webinar, hosted by ODI in collaboration with the Thinking and Working Politically Community of Practice, will explore what more effective, politically smart democracy assistance might look like. 


Alina Rocha Menocal will be chairing the panel, and it will be structured as follows: 


Four speakers who will discuss an innovative programme or other activity in the democracy support field, what makes it innovative, how it is working on the ground and what impact or effect it is having, and what kinds of factors have enabled it to work more/less effectively and why: 

·       Andrei Rusanovschi, Deputy Country Director, NDI Moldova 

·       Clare Castillejo, Research Associate, Politics and Governance Programme, ODI 

·       Nic van der Jagt, Evaluation and Learning Advisor, Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD)  

·       Joseph Munyangabo, Uganda Country Representative, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) 


Two speakers who will reflect on what the other panellists have shared and respond from a donor perspective:  

·       Helena Bjuremalm, Deputy Head of Sida’s Democracy Unit 

·       Laura Pavlovic, Deputy Director, Center for Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance 


Thomas Carothers, Harvey V. Fineberg Chari for Democracy Studies, Senior Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will provide closing remarks


We look forward to seeing you at this important discussion, and please feel free to share this invitation with others who may be interested.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Maegan Rodricks 


Kind regards, 

Katherine Hellier 

Project and Communications Officer
Thinking and Working Politically Community of Practice (TWP CoP)
International Development Department, University of Birmingham 

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