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
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
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)
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
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
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.


Africa Education Watch: Good governance lessons for primary education

1 04 2010
Source: Transparency International.

This report shows that despite ten years of efforts to increase school enrollment through the Education for All initiative and the Millennium Development Goals, deficient or non-existent governance systems and practices are limiting progress.

Report on Volunteering and Social Activism Released.

29 01 2010

URL: Source: CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) program.

This report is based on a study undertaken by the three organizations in 2007-2008. The background study finds that volunteering and social activism are important strategies for fostering people’s participation in social change and human development, and that volunteering, like social activism, can be purposeful and change-orientated. Volunteering can influence agenda-setting, policy-making, decision-making and representation, and is also an important mechanism for promoting empowerment, personal transformation, and social inclusion.

Police Training: Opening the door for professional and community-oriented policing: Thailand.

11 01 2010


This notebook discusses how a strategy to work toward promoting community policing in Thailand and other countries in Asia utilized the introduction of a unique, computer-based police training education program to engage and enlist the support of key leadership of the Royal Thai Police (RTP) to champion the training tool. As a tactic, the computer-based police training program provides an excellent tool to help police more effectively address their own immediate day-to-day policing challenges while also serving to build mutual trust, acknowledgement and support.

Journalists in Exile

11 12 2009

URL:,33456.html. Source: Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

According to the report, at least three journalists a month flee their home countries to escape threats of violence, prison or harassment, and only one in seven ever returns home. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) marked World Refugee Day by publishing a guide for exiled journalists – providing them with information about the main procedures and potential obstacles in seeking asylum. The guide covers the steps to be taken with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and also asylum procedures within the European Union, the United States and Canada: three of the top destinations for exiled journalists. Also visit a special section of RSF’s website dedicated to exiled journalists here.

Informal Sector Toolkit

11 12 2009


This toolkit explains the origins of the informal sector and describes methods for improving participation in markets and policymaking. It includes sources and consequences of the informal sector, policy responses, CIPE’s reform strategy, and case studies of programs to reduce the informal sector in Peru, Guatemala, and Kenya. The toolkit is online.

Human Rights Education in the School Systems of Europe, Central Asia and North America: A Compendium of Good Practice

24 11 2009

URL: Source: The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE/ODIHR), the Council of Europe, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Designed for primary and secondary schools, teacher training institutions and other learning settings, the new tool, which collects 101 exemplary practices from Central Asia, Europe and North America, is a valuable resource for teachers and education policymakers. It provides resource materials relevant to key elements for successful human rights education, including 1) laws, guidelines and standards; 2) learning environment; 3) teaching and learning tools; 4) professional development for educators, and 5) evaluation.