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.
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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.
On 24 and 25 November 2014, Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lillianne Ploumen travelled to Colombia accompanied by 35 companies, six civil society organizations and several Dutch MPs. The trip had two goals: to strengthen the economic relations and the social reform process. NIMD participated in the programme and actively informed the delegation about developments in Colombia.
In March 2014, NIMD, UNDP and Cifras y Conceptos have conducted a study on the campaign costs of the most recent Senate elections in Colombia. The study was carried out not because the legitimacy of the elections was distrusted but to study the phenomenon of campaign money and to give recommendations for a more transparent democracy. The report comes at a time when Congress is debating constitutional reforms, particularly on the political and electoral system.
The Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD), the Netherlands Institute of International Relations (Clingendael) and International IDEA have conducted research on the links between organized crime and politics in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala and Honduras. This has resulted in the publication Illicit networks and politics in Latin America, which was launched in The Netherlands on 17 October 2014. In the coming weeks, the publication will also be presented in New York, Washington, Brussels and Lima.
On Tuesday 28 October 2014, the NIMD South Caucasus office in Tbilisi presented an online platform called ‘LiquidFeedback’ to the Georgian political parties. In addition, two representatives from the Dutch political parties, the Liberals (VVD) and the Liberal Democrats (D66), were also present. This platform can help political parties intensify the interaction with their constituencies and members to improve policy development, transparency of the decision-making process and their internal party democracy.