Multiregional Publications, May 2011

1 06 2011

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

Civil Society Organisations in Situations of Conflict
http://www.civicus.org/news-and-resources/reports-and-publications/397-civil-society-organisations-in-situations-of-conflict-
This new report authored by CIVICUS in partnership with the Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness summarises working conditions in more than 46 countries worldwide.

The Great Democracy Meltdown
http://www.tnr.com/article/world/magazine/88632/failing-democracy-venezuela-arab-spring
The truth is that the Arab Spring is something of a smokescreen for what is taking place in the world as a whole. Around the globe, it is democratic meltdowns, not democratic revolutions, that are now the norm. Source: The New Republic

Guidelines to Understanding, Adjudicating, and Resolving Disputes in Elections (GUARDE)
http://www.ifes.org/Content/Publications/Books/2011/Guidelines-to-Understanding-Adjudicating-and-Resolving-Disputes-in-Elections.aspx
To assist international actors in the development of effective complaint adjudication systems, IFES has identified seven principles that are crucial components to any complaints adjudication process. Source: International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)

The hidden crises: Armed conflict and education
http://bit.ly/iQofzL
This report cautions that the world is not on track to achieve by 2015 the six Education for All goals that over 160 countries signed up to in 2000. Although there has been progress in many areas, most of the goals will be missed by a wide margin – especially in regions riven by conflict. Source: UNESCO

The World Development Report 2011: Conflict, Security, and Development
http://wdr2011.worldbank.org/fulltext
The report examines the changing nature of violence in the 21st century, and underlines the negative impact of repeated cycles of violence on a country or region’s development prospects. Source: World Bank

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.

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Asia Publications, May 2011

1 06 2011

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

The Arab Spring and Democratization in China
http://www.eai.or.kr/data/bbs/eng_report/2011052615492261.pdf
The question of whether a “Jasmine Revolution” would occur in China has drawn the attention of foreign and domestic observers as well as raised the concern of the Chinese government. Source: East Asia Institute

Civil Society Index: Philippines
http://bit.ly/mzWTD0The Philippines civil society is seen as one of the most vibrant and active in Asia with its deep and expansive root in society as shown by the high level of participation. Despite these positives, CSOs report that their work is hampered by low levels of trust in Filipino society, including lack of trust in CSOs. Source: CIVICUS

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, March 2011

7 04 2011

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

100 celebrations later, where is Latin America on the road to gender equality in politics?
http://www.idea.int/gender/100_celebrations_later.cfm
As International Women’s Day hits the century mark this year, there was good news for the inclusion of Latin American women in positions of political decision-making. Source: International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA).

Coding and decoding: The state of Venezuelan civil society
http://www.civicus.org/images/stories/csi/csi_phase2/venezuelaacr%20af%20final.pdf
Venezuelans have historically been inclined to perceive the state as responsible for the solution to all their needs, and therefore to give in to clientelism. The result, which came out of the CIVICUS Civil Society Index (CSI) report, illustrates why most CSOs in the country are affected by a model in which autonomous intermediate organisations are not considered by authorities as legitimate interlocutors. Source: CIVICUS

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, March 2011

4 04 2011

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

Challenges faced by women in Civil Society in Africa
http://www.civicus.org/images/stories/civicus/Challenges_Faced_by_Women_in_Civil_Society_in_Africa.pdf
The report’s conclusion argues that while advancements have been made in acknowledging the role and rights of women in recent years, there remain deeply rooted cultural, religious and patriarchal perceptions that continue to inhibit the work of women human rights defenders across the continent. Source: CIVICUS.

Côte d’Ivoire: Is War the Only Option?
http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/africa/west-africa/cote-divoire/171-cote-divoire-is-war-the-only-option.aspx
Côte d’Ivoire is on the verge of a new civil war. This tragedy can only be avoided if Africans and the wider international community stand firm behind the democratically elected president, Alassane Ouattara, and he launches an initiative for reconciliation and a transitional government of national unity. Source: International Crisis Group.

International Law and the Right to Nationality in Sudan
http://www.soros.org/initiatives/justice/articles_publications/publications/sudan-nationality-20110218
In the aftermath of the referendums on the status of South Sudan and Abyei, questions surrounding nationality and citizenship loom especially large in Sudan. This report, published by the Open Society Foundations, weighs in on the debate and offers specific recommendations on the criteria that should be used to determine citizenship in the new entities. 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.





MENA publications, Feb 2011

11 03 2011

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

At a Crossroads: Human Rights in Iraq Eight Years after the US-led Invasion
http://www.hrw.org/en/reports/2011/02/21/crossroads
This report calls on the government to protect the rights of vulnerable groups and to amend its penal code and all other laws that discriminate against women and violate freedom of speech. Source: Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Elections in Egypt: Key Challenges for Credible and Competitive Elections
http://www.ifes.org/Content/Publications/White-Papers/2011/IFES-Releases-Briefing-Paper-on-Egypt-Elections.aspx
IFES has released a briefing paper that serves as a guide to understanding the current electoral system and identifies issues that must be addressed immediately in order to have credible and competitive elections in the near future. Source: International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)

Popular Protest in North Africa and the Middle East (I): Egypt Victorious?
http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/middle-east-north-africa/north-africa/egypt/101-popular-protest-in-north-africa-and-the-middle-east-I-egypt-victorious.aspx
If Egypt’s popular uprising is to achieve its aspirations for a truly democratic society, street activism will need to be converted into inclusive, institutional politics. Source: International Crisis Group

The Voice of Civil Society in Iraq
http://www.ndi.org/node/17146
During the last quarter of 2010, NDI used its extensive network of partners and contacts throughout the country to interview some of the most active, experienced, and well-respected CSOs in each province. This report summarizes the findings of this survey, providing some insight into the challenges and opportunities that CSOs in Iraq face on a day-to-day basis. Source: National Democratic Institute (NDI)

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.





The Compendium of International Legal Instruments and Other Intergovernmental Commitments Concerning Core Civil Society Rights

8 04 2010

http://www.civicus.org/component/content/article/1251-revealed-what-your-government-should-be-doing-to-protect-civil-society
Source: Civil Society Watch programme, CIVICUS.

For the first time ever, CIVICUS has brought together all the commitments made by national governments to protect the rights of citizens and organizations to exist and take an active part in shaping policies and practices of governments and institutions of their country. The Compendium of International Legal Instruments and Other Intergovernmental Commitments Concerning Core Civil Society Rights, is a dynamic tool to help protect the rights of civil society. Read more here and download a copy of the compendium pdf here.





Global Trends in NGO Law, “Survey of Arab NGO Laws

9 03 2010

URL: http://www.icnl.org/knowledge/globaltrends/
Source: The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law

This issue addresses the NGO laws of the Middle East / North Africa (MENA), and includes:

* A brief history of the development of NGO laws in the region,
* A review of the current status of NGO laws in the MENA countries, and
* A review of the most recent initiatives to revise the region’s NGO laws.