Democracy! The Podcast offers listeners a close-up look at some of the most perplexing challenges facing the vitality of democracy around the world.
Move beyond armchair activist, or news junkie, and gain a real understanding for the fight to defend democracy around the world. Hear how teams, from the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, International Republican Institute, and the National Democratic Institute, that make up the consortium called "CEPPS," tackle debilitating threats like corruption, disinformation, rising authoritarianism, dictatorships, economic disasters, and failed governments, and learn how you, too, can join the fight for democracy. This work is conducted through the Global Elections and Political Transitions award, in partnership and funding from USAID...
“If you don't give people dignity, you don't create a system that leads to better health, education, peace, security outcomes. And it's not the world that free peoples want to live in. So, democracy matters. It's hard, but it, for all its faults, in all its deficiencies, it works in all its messiness.” The Honorable Derek Mitchell, Ambassador and President, The National Democratic Institute.
“I believe that corruption affects the whole country in every way. And when state money is not used in sustained public policy to combat poverty, inequality, malnutrition, or for entrepreneurship, the citizens of a country do not find options, and leave their country for lack of opportunities.” Congressman Nineth Montenegro, former Second Vice President of the Congress of Guatemala and Human Rights Leader.
“...stability in the Central American region is at stake. We already have Nicaragua that the rest of Central America is concerned about, but we [also] have in the northern part of Central America, three governments in different areas, undermining the rule of law, transparency, and any freedom of speech, or movement by civil society and journalists.” Deborah Ullmer, NDI, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean Programs.
Vota Bus: https://www.democracyspeaks...
“It's my goal to bring real clear rules [to Ukrainian politics] like in sports. If you break the rules in sports, you pay a penalty, or are disqualified...we try to give the executives exactly the same standards in Ukrainian politics.” The Honorable Mayor Vitali Klitschko, Mayor of Kyiv and former world heavy weight boxing champion.
https://www.ndi.org/eurasia/ukraine (NDI Ukraine Homepage)
“In any country, the work of democratic development is a process…and it's been a very hard, steep, rocky, bumpy path for the Haitians. But it's a path where they can and will continue to make progress.” Tony Banbury, President and CEO, The International Foundation for Electoral Systems.
https://www.ifes.org/news/president-and-ceo-testifies-human-rights-haiti (IFES President Tony Banbury Testifies on Human Rights in Haiti)
“More than half the population of practically every country is female, and therefore, it is a waste of a resource not to have women involved in active ways to make life better in their own countries.” The Honorable Dr. Madeleine Albright, the 64th US Secretary of State.
https://www.facebook.com/1303692343109384/videos/185832835977998 (IFES’s Rural Women in Tunisia) (Video)
“The most important part of political organizations…is to start working whatever on your street, within your house, within your building, with the small problems that you have around yourself, and maybe you will fall in love with that part of politics, that part of civic engagement, and maybe that is the way to keep on going….” Malik Sakić, President, The European Democracy Youth Network.
“...what does it take to have democratic governance effectively manage something like a pandemic? [W]e have to figure out how to bring strong, effective public health responses to democratic governments.” Dr. David Ross, ScD, President and CEO, The Task Force for Global Health.
https://taskforce.org/coronavirus-pandemic/ (The Task Force for Global Health)
"[I]f we want to protect our own democracy and our own security we need to be alert to the fact that we are subject to these [malign influence and disinformation] campaigns, even if we can't quite see them or trace their finger prints." Dan Twining, President, The International Republican Institute.
"[T]he media is the first line of attack in really chipping away and undermining democracy.” Rosarie Tucci, USAID Director, Democracy, Rights and Governance Center
Read NDI’s https://www.ndi.org/publications/kosovos-vibrant-democracy-closing-deficit-womens-full-participation (Kosovo's Vibrant Democracy: Closing the deficit in women's full participation)
Check out https://internews.org/ (Internews)
V-Dem Democracy Report 2021: https://www.v-dem...