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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Latin America publications, Feb 2011

11 03 2011

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

The Drug War in Mexico: Confronting a Shared Threat
http://www.cfr.org/mexico/drug-war-mexico/p24262
David A. Shirk analyzes the drug war in Mexico, explores Mexico’s capacities and limitations, examines the factors that have undermined effective state performance, assesses the prospects for U.S. support to strengthen critical state institutions, and offers recommendations for reducing the potential of state failure. Source: Council on Foreign Relations

New Policy Portal on Latin America
http://vox.lacea.org/
LACEA with the support of Global Development Network has launched VoxLACEA, a portal for research-based policy analysis and commentary by leading scholars on issues relevant to Latin America and the Caribbean. Source: Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association

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.





Eurasia publications, Feb 2011

8 03 2011

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

Armenia and Azerbaijan: Preventing War
http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/europe/caucasus/B60-armenia-and-azerbaijan-preventing-war.aspx
An arms race, escalating front-line clashes, vitriolic war rhetoric and a virtual breakdown in peace talks are increasing the chance Armenia and Azerbaijan will go back to war over Nagorno-Karabakh. Source: International Crisis Group

Central Asia: Decay and Decline
http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/asia/central-asia/201-central-asia-decay-and-decline.aspx
Only a concerted effort from national governments, donors and the international community to modernise Central Asia’s infrastructure can avert the region’s decline into chaos. Source: International Crisis Group

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.





Complete World Development Report Online

23 11 2010

The World Bank has  made every World Development Report (first published in 1978) available online for free!

http://wdronline.worldbank.org/





New UN report on poverty and human rights in Afghanistan

20 04 2010

“The report, Human Rights Dimensions of Poverty in Afghanistan, argues that “poverty is neither accidental, nor inevitable in Afghanistan”. Rather, it is caused by and is a consequence of a “massive human rights deficit”. The report calls for a human rights based approach to overcoming poverty: a perspective and analysis that would ensure causes and not just consequences, inform the design and implementation of programmes for the alleviation and elimination of poverty.”

Read more of the summary

Source: UN, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Download the full report in English or Dari





Trends in Human Development

8 04 2010

http://hdr.undp.org/en/mediacentre/lets-talk-hd/
Source: Francisco R. Rodríguez.

Has the world become a better place to live in during the past few decades? Views on the answer to this deceptively simple uestion vary widely. For some, the past 40 years have seen the expansion of a voracious form of global capitalism that has made people more vulnerable by taking away many of their basic protections. For others, this is the golden age of globalisation, in which many countries decided to embrace the logic and opportunities of the market and have seen unprecedented progress as a result. What do the data say? As part of our research for the 2010 Human Development Report, we are looking at the evolution of the Human Development Index (HDI) to try and find the answer.





Haitians Express High Resolve, Community-Mindedness

6 04 2010

http://www.gallup.com/poll/126233/Haitians-Express-High-Resolve-Community-Mindedness.aspx
Source: Gallup.

Gallup polling in Haiti finds the Haitian people to be highly resilient, resourceful, and community-minded. Widespread belief in their own talents and high levels of community engagement may be key assets in the country’s recovery and rebuilding.