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December 10, 2018

Happy International Human Rights Day!

On December 10, 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted as the first common standard of inalienable rights afforded to all people. Now observed as Human Rights Day, it is an occasion for us to reflect on how far we have come since the adoption of the Declaration and to recognize those who […]

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December 1, 2018

New Resource for Measuring the State of Democracy

On November 1, 2018, Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) launched V-Dem Graphing Tools, an updated platform to help democrats visualize data concerning “450 aspects of democracy for all countries in the world over the last 100 years.” The platform provides a set of interactive graphs that allow readers to manipulate the extensive data its researchers have […]

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December 1, 2018

Public Perceptions Fall Throughout Latin America

In November 2018, the Latinobarómetro published its 23rd annual report on public opinion of socio-economic conditions in 18 countries in Latin America. The report indicates that all political, economic, and social indicators fell in 2018. Among other serious governmental failures, the report cites rampant corruption as a significant source of the region’s suffering. It notes […]

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December 1, 2018

Making Democracy Work for All Ghanaians

Of the 54 countries in Africa, Ghana is one of nine considered to be democratic. While the country has made significant strides since its democratic transition in 1992, recommendations recently released by the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) assess how government and civil society can work to make its democracy more functional and inclusive. […]

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December 1, 2018

Violence is #NotTheCost: Enhancing the Security of Women in Politics

As the global community celebrates “#16Days of Activism,” a 16-day campaign to combat violence against women, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) released a new online tool to help women activists and politicians assess personal risk. The platform, “think10,” “enables women to review their personal and professional vulnerabilities, and to take informed steps to enhance their […]

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November 15, 2018

Lebanon: Civil Society Weighs in on Disappointing Waste Management Legislation

For decades, Lebanon has been producing more waste than it can manage. To tackle this issue, the Lebanese Parliament passed the highly-anticipated “Integrated Solid Waste Management Law” (ISWML) on September 24, 2018. However, analysis by the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies argues that the policies included in the legislation are a “far cry” from what […]

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November 15, 2018

Citizens Assess the Quality of Governance in Liberia

On November 5, 2018, Naymote Partners for Democratic Development (Naymote) released its fifth report on citizens’ perceptions of the quality of governance in Liberia, having interviewed 3,185 registered voters on a variety of topics concerning democracy and the performance of Liberia’s government. Overall, respondents indicated that they are satisfied with how democracy is working in […]

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November 15, 2018

Democracy for All: Beyond a Crisis of Imagination—CIVICUS Launches Report

Over the past year, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation has hosted 26 “democracy dialogues,” conducted 100 interviews, and published 54 collaborative essays that encouraged civil society leaders from around the world to reimagine the future of democracy. The outcomes of these different discussions informed its recently-published report “Democracy for All: Beyond a Crisis of […]

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