Multiregional Publications, June 2011

12 07 2011

A list of recent multiregional reports that were highlighted in the June issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

Assessing the Quality of Democracy: A Practical Guide (French)
http://www.idea.int/publications/aqd/fr.cfm
Évaluer la qualité de la démocratie: guide practique” – IDEA’s State of Democracy (SoD) assessment Framework guide in French is now available online. Source: International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA)

Freedom of Connection, Freedom of Expression: Changing Legal and Regulatory Ecology Shaping the Internet
http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0019/001915/191594e.pdf
This report provides a new perspective on the social and political dynamics behind threats to expression. It develops a conceptual framework on the ‘ecology of freedom of expression’ for discussing the broad context of policy and practice that should be taken into consideration in discussions of this issue. Source: UNESCO

Making the Most of Public-Private Dialogue: An Advocacy Approach
http://www.cipe.org/publications/papers/pdf/ppd_052411.pdf
The new toolkit from CIPE explains the role of advocacy strategy in dialogue, the principles of high-quality dialogue, the elements of effective communication, and the steps to prepare for dialogue. Source: Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

Strategising Online Activism: A Toolkit
http://www.violenceisnotourculture.org/files/Strategising%20Online%20Activism.pdf
While this toolkit has been designed primarily for the local partners and activists of the VNC campaign, this can also be a resource for human rights activists who are keen to develop their online activism and want to know where and how to start. Source: Violence Is Not Our Culture

World Refugee Global Report
http://www.unhcr.org/gr10/index.html#/home
This report reveals a deep imbalance in international support for the world’s forcibly displaced, with a full four-fifths of the world’s refugees being hosted by developing countries – and at a time of rising anti-refugee sentiment in many industrialised ones. Source: UNHCR

Inclusion of a publication does not imply ownership or endorsement by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); rather, these are publications that the Democracy Resource Center believes would be of interest to NED staff and others interested in democracy promotion.





Europe & Eurasia Publications, June 2011

12 07 2011

A list of recent reports on Europe & Eurasia that were highlighted in the June issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

EU anti-corruption requirements: measuring progress in Albania, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia and Turkey
http://bit.ly/k308Oy
Albania, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia and Turkey must do more to guarantee the effective implementation of anti-corruption laws, according to a report from Transparency International, which calls on the governments to build capacity and improve governance in key institutions. Source: Transparency International

Georgia’s Choices: Charting a Future in Uncertain Times
http://www.carnegieendowment.org/publications/?fa=view&id=44553
Georgia is entering a period of transition, with parliamentary and presidential elections due in 2012-2013, after which a new constitution will take effect. Source: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The New Role of Central and Eastern Europe in International Democracy Support
http://www.carnegieendowment.org/publications/?fa=view&id=44375
The democracy promotion efforts of these countries-countries that are still grappling with some domestic democracy issues of their own-have been limited in scope and inconsistent, ad hoc, and given a low priority at times. Still, these countries have very recent, in fact ongoing experience with democratization that gives them valuable expertise and perspectives that other donors do not have, and therefore special credibility in the eyes of recipients. Source: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Inclusion of a publication does not imply ownership or endorsement by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); rather, these are publications that the Democracy Resource Center believes would be of interest to NED staff and others interested in democracy promotion.





Middle East & North Africa Publications, June 2011

12 07 2011

A list of recent reports on the Middle East & North Africa that were highlighted in the June issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

The Insurgency in Afghanistan’s Heartland
http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/asia/south-asia/afghanistan/207-the-insurgency-in-afghanistans-heartland.aspx
Collusion between insurgent elements and corrupt government officials in Kabul and the nearby provinces has increased, leading to a profusion of criminal networks in the Afghan heartland. Source: International Crisis Group

Investing in a More Robust Public Policy Environment in the Middle East
http://csis.informz.net/CSIS/data/images/rbf_public_policy_paper_final.pdf
The report argues that donors should work to enhance receptivity to public policy discussions, foster sustainable business models for civil society organizations, and create a supply of policy entrepreneurs in the region. Source: Center for Strategic & International Studies

Inclusion of a publication does not imply ownership or endorsement by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); rather, these are publications that the Democracy Resource Center believes would be of interest to NED staff and others interested in democracy promotion.





Latin America & Caribbean Publications, June 2011

12 07 2011

A list of recent reports on Latin America & the Caribbean that were highlighted in the June issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

Guatemala’s Elections: Clean Polls, Dirty Politics
http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/latin-america-caribbean/guatemala/B024-guatemalas-elections-clean-polls-dirty-politics.aspx
Guatemalans go to the polls in September 2011 to elect a president, the Congress and local officials. The vote itself is likely to be reasonably free, but violence and unregulated campaign finance imperil the country’s political institutions. Source: International Crisis Group

Mapping Digital Media: Mexico
http://www.soros.org/initiatives/media/articles_publications/publications/mapping-digital-media-mexico-20110613
The Mapping Digital Media project examines the global opportunities and risks created by the transition from traditional to digital media. Mexico is one of the 15 largest economies worldwide, yet only 15 percent of households own a digital device and less than a third have a computer. Source: Open Society Foundations

Inclusion of a publication does not imply ownership or endorsement by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); rather, these are publications that the Democracy Resource Center believes would be of interest to NED staff and others interested in democracy promotion.





Asia Publications, June 2011

5 07 2011

A list of Asia publications that were highlighted in the June issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

Burma’s New Challenges
http://csis.org/publication/pacnet-32-burmas-new-challenges
The political situation in Burma is often understood in terms of conflict between pro-democracy forces (Aung San Suu Kyi and allies) and the military government. This is problematic for two reasons… Source: Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)

Pakistan-U.S. Relations: A Summary
http://bit.ly/kVwgPq
This CRS report summarizes important recent developments in Pakistan and in Pakistan-U.S. relations. These include high-profile political assassinations in early 2011; the Raymond Davis affair involving a CIA operative accused of murder in the city of Lahore; and the May killing of Osama bin Laden in the city of Abbottabad, among others. Source: Congressional Research Service

Understanding Electoral Violence in Asia
http://bit.ly/lDtbf4
This report investigates electoral violence in Asia through analyses of case studies commissioned by UNDP for seven countries in South and South-East Asia: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and Thailand. Source: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Inclusion of a publication does not imply ownership or endorsement by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); rather, these are publications that the Democracy Resource Center believes would be of interest to NED staff and others interested in democracy promotion.





Africa Publications, June 2011

5 07 2011

A list of recent reports on Africa that were highlighted in the June issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

Political Trends in the African Great Lakes Region
http://www.usip.org/publications/political-trends-in-the-african-great-lakes-region
Despite recent elections in Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda and upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Great Lakes region shows worrying trends toward electoral authoritarianism and political fragmentation, with new divisions that intensify the potential for confrontation. Source: U.S. Institute of Peace

Second-Order Effects in Sub-Saharan Africa
http://csis.org/publication/second-order-effects-sub-saharan-africa
The crisis in Libya has raised fears among security analysts that the ongoing conflict will destabilize the already fragile states of the Sahel and strengthen the hand of affiliates of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) operating in Mauritania, Mali, and Niger. There is good reason for these fears. Source: Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)

Inclusion of a publication does not imply ownership or endorsement by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); rather, these are publications that the Democracy Resource Center believes would be of interest to NED staff and others interested in democracy promotion.





Awards, Funding, and Education Opportunities

5 07 2011

To find more funding opportunities, search our database Sources of Funding in International Democratic Development: http://bit.ly/funding-database

Commonwealth Foundation’s Special Grants Fund
http://www.commonwealthfoundation.com/NewsArticle.aspx?articleID=162
The Commonwealth Foundation has announced the launch of a Special Grants Fund for Civil Society Organisations and Commonwealth Associations (CAs) to undertake strategic and innovative projects that will promote the 2011 Commonwealth theme on ‘Women as Agents of Change.’ The deadline is 15 July 2011.

The European Union and Human Rights: E-Learning course
http://www.hrea.org/index.php?base_id=398
The course is intended for university students, NGO staff members of human rights/social justice organisations from EU member states, accession countries and donor recipient countries, and others who deal with the EU’s human rights policies or external relations.

Gates Foundation: Access to learning award
http://www.gatesfoundation.org/atla/Pages/access-to-learning-award-overview.aspx
Given each year by the foundation’s Global Libraries initiative, the Access to Learning Award (ATLA) recognizes the innovative efforts of public libraries or similar organizations outside the United States to connect people to information through free access to computers and the Internet. Deadline: 30 September 2011