ReCom results Meeting: Democracy & Fragility

Stockholm, Sweden
UNU-WIDER
Time: 
Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 08:30 to 12:30

Address: Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm, Sweden

ReCom focuses on five thematic areas: Growth and Employment, Governance, Gender Equality, Environment and Climate Change, and the Social Sectors. The May 10th results meeting focuses explicitly on Governance with specific attention to Democracy and Fragility. Based on both research and practical experience, the presenters will consider how the donor community can enhance the effectiveness of its interventions to promote democracy and enhance governance, including in fragile states.

The following key questions will be addressed: In what ways do the objectives of development aid and democracy assistance complement or contradict each other? How does the influence of development aid on democratic transitions differ from its impact on democratic consolidation? To what extent can donors influence democratic outcomes in fragile states where governments lack complete sovereignty over their territory and population? What are the main lessons from, and opportunities for, strengthening legislatures in developing countries? How should the donor community best conceptualize and measure progress towards improving “human rights”? How effective has the development community’s emphasis on anti-corruption been and what lessons are emerging from new anti-corruption approaches by donors, including a focus on transparency and mainstreaming?

Dust from the departing helicopter. The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) airlifted voting materials to the Central Equatoria State payam of Tali because the area is inaccessible by road, just a week before balloting begins in Southern Sudan's long-awaited referendum on self-determination. © UN Photo/Tim McKulka

Interviews

Nicolas van de Walle discusses how donors could have supported democratic consolidation in a way that could have helped avert the current political crisis in Mali, and what lessons can democracy assistance and foreign aid communities drawn from the Malian experience. Interview

K. Scott Hubli contemplates what works, what could work, what is transferable and what is scalable in parliamentary strengthening. Interview

David Richards talks about different human development measures and how these could be improved, how setting up better data gathering systems in developing countries is crucial and a concept of development based on human dignity. Interview