In 2012 NIMD, in close cooperation with Cordaid, was granted funding for a four-year programme to work on democratic dialogue for environmental security in Colombia, El Salvador and Guatemala. In 2013, a first regional conference took place in Guatemala under the title “Environmental Governance and Conflicts: compared perspectives.” Later on, in November 2014, a second regional conference was organized in Bogota, entitled “Building linkages for environmental governance in Colombia, Guatemala and El Salvador”.
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This year the EU Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy has been reviewed by the European External Action Service (EEAS). The review is being done in close consultation with Civil and Political Society Organizations . As a Community of Practice in the sphere of democracy support, the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) has contributed to this consultation by providing concrete written input.
On 1 and 2 December 2014, NIMD Uganda in Kampala conducted a workshop on managing internal party elections. With the upcoming 2016 national elections, political parties in Uganda are preparing for both internal as well as national elections. However, the internal processes and practices for organizing these elections do not always fully meet democratic practices. Internal irregularities in party elections are common and have been a source of conflict and tensions within political parties.
The worldwide trend towards democracy seems omnipresent. But what is the actual state of democracy worldwide? Over the last decade, it has become increasingly clear that democratic transition does not always result in democratic consolidation. What are the pitfalls? And how can countries deepen their democratic systems and move beyond free elections to become truly inclusive and accountable democracies? NIMD and Vice Versa, the magazine for the development cooperation sector, worked together on a special democracy edition to shed more light on these matters.
On 30 October 2014, the GreenLeft party organized an expert meeting on military interventions. Experts were invited from the field of defense, diplomacy and development to give advice. The lively discussion was led by the chairman of the GreenLeft party, Marjolein Meijer. Among the experts were Peter Wijninga from the Centre for Strategic Studies, Georg Frerks, Conflict Studies professor at Utrecht University and Pepijn Gerrits from NIMD.
On 26 October 2014, Tunisians went to the polls to participate in their first democratic legislative elections. The process was marked by an active participation of candidates, observers and voters. Despite very low expectations, the actual turnout was 30%. The winner of the elections was the Nidaa Tounes party, ending the long period of domination of the Ennahda party.
On 17 and 18 September, an international conference on women, political participation and peace processes was organized in Colombia in light of the UN Resolution 1325. The conference focused on experiences from Guatemala, El Salvador and Colombia. Now the report of this conference is available and can be downloaded from this website.