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  • Colombia: En busca de la Paz
    (What's new, October 12, 2016)
    Colombia tiene una historia marcada por grandes batallas, innumerables aflicciones y por el estridente deseo del pueblo colombiano por lograr una paz estable y duradera.
  • 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Statement
    (Feature article, October 7, 2016)
    International IDEA expresses its congratulations to President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia for his award of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Yves Leterme in Chile, Venezuela and Costa Rica
    (What's new, October 7, 2016)
    On 3 October 2016, the Spanish version of the book International IDEA’s book ”Democratic Transitions. Conversations with World Leaders” was launched in Santiago, Chile, in the presence of over 100 participants from both the public and non-governmental sector in Chile.
  • Public Monitoring of Electoral Technologies in Mongolia
    (What's new, October 6, 2016)
    Ulaanbaatar, or the “Red Hero” as it means in Mongolian, was the last stop for International IDEA’s Election Tech Tour of Asia 2016. Mongolia, which joined International IDEA in 2011, took the chairship only five years later, thus affirming its commitment to supporting sustainable democracy worldwide.
  • BRIDGE Workshop – Introduction to Electoral Administration
    (What's new, October 3, 2016)
    From 3-7 October, staff from the National Independent Electoral Commission of Madagascar (CENI) will gather in Antananarivo for a five-day BRIDGE workshop that will provide with them an overview of electoral administration.
  • Myanmar and International IDEA: a long-lasting partnership
    (What's new, September 30, 2016)
    On September 30, an extension of the Memorandum of Understanding between International IDEA and the Myanmar Union Election Commission (UEC) was signed by His Excellency UEC Chairman U Hla Thein and Yves Leterme, Secretary-General of International IDEA, at International IDEA’s Headquarters in Strömsborg, Stockholm.
  • Crisis of Representation
    (Editorial, September 30, 2016)
    The digitalization of all aspects of our lives has contributed to dramatically change the context for inter-personal and political communication, agenda-setting and policy-making. Today’s digitally connected world is characterized by the high speed of information and communication flows, which reinforces the increasingly globalized nature of our societies and contributes to “horizontalize” the relations between citizens and elected representatives. However, many traditional political parties originate in the 19th century, and still use 20th century tools to face 21st century challenges. This is creating an increasing disconnect between citizens and political parties, which is often referred to as “the crisis of representation”.
  • Technical Workshop on Civil Registration and Elections in Africa
    (Press release, September 29, 2016)
    ADDIS ABABA - As part of their ongoing efforts to support the consolidation of sustainable democracy in Africa, the African Union Commission (AUC), the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF) and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) are jointly organizing a technical workshop on “Civil Registration and Elections in Africa” in Addis Ababa Ethiopia from September 29 to October 1, 2016.
  • What Conversations on Electoral Technology are Happening in the Philippines?
    (What's new, September 28, 2016)
    Philippine policy makers and civil society have interesting discussions ahead about the role of technology in elections. What are the needs? What needs to be done differently? What needs to be improved? What new goals are to be achieved?
  • Lowering the age limit to increase youth participation in politics
    (What's new, September 27, 2016)
    In Africa, a combination of high fertility rates and low life expectancy has resulted in a “youth bulge”. According to United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, about 70 per cent of the continent’s population is under the age of 30. Because the level of engagement in politics by youth remains lower than that of older generations, Africa’s youth bulge is leading to an emerging crisis of representation.
  • Rethinking the Crisis of Representation
    (Editorial, September 27, 2016)
    A survey by the Pew Research Center found that a majority of the people in EU member states do not believe their voices are being heard in Brussels. In Italy and Greece, the numbers were as high as 81 per cent and 80 per cent, respectively.
  • Unlocking the potential of digital tools for political parties
    (What's new, September 27, 2016)
    Technology has yet to affect how we interact with democracy; and, more specifically, how citizens and political parties participate in democracy.
  • How can political parties adapt to new challenges and reconnect with citizens?
    (What's new, September 27, 2016)
    Political parties are central actors in a representative democracy, but they must adjust to the changing social and political climate.
  • Ayotzinapa then and now - Organized crime’s grip on elections and political parties
    (Feature article, September 26, 2016)
    Today 43 families are mourning in Mexico. In fact, the whole country is looking back at what happened exactly two years ago to the Ayotzinapa students. They were on their way to Mexico City for the commemoration of the 2 October 1968 student massacre, but never arrived.
  • Building Back Better: Democratic Accountability Assessment of Service Delivery after Typhoon Haiyan
    (What's new, September 26, 2016)
    IDEA’s partners (the University of the Philippines Center for Integrative and Development Studies, Guiuan Development Foundation, and Politracs) to initiate an assessment of democratic accountability structures in the delivery of housing units to families whose homes and livelihood had been destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan.
  • ICT in Elections: What are Indonesia’s needs?
    (What's new, September 21, 2016)
    An Android-based app for quick reporting of possible election violations, e-voting through personal computers (in more than 500 village chief elections) and an interest from the President’s Executive Office in using technology to ensure elections are conducted with integrity.
  • International Democracy Day 2016: how to engage citizens in their democracies?
    (Feature article, September 21, 2016)
    The International Day of Democracy (15 September) is a moment for promoting and upholding the principles of democracy, namely those of human security, the rule of law and respect for basic human rights such as freedom of expression and assembly.
  • How does accountability affect representation?
    (What's new, September 21, 2016)
    There is widespread recognition that improving public services is a critical component of poverty reduction. This recognition has reached global proportions since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • Elections Tech Tour of Asia
    (Press release, September 19, 2016)
    To delve into the appropriateness and sustainability of information and communication technologies (ICTs), International IDEA is embarking on an elections tech tour of four Asian nations for a series of roundtables that look at specific experiences.
  • Atelier technique sur les Registres d’état civil et les Elections en Afrique
    (Press release, September 19, 2016)
    La Commission de l’Union africaine (CUA), l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) et l’Institut International pour la Démocratie et l’Assistance Electorale (International (IDEA), organisent à Addis-Abeba (Ethiopie), du 29 septembre au 1 octobre 2016, un atelier technique sur le thème « Les registres d’état civil et les élections en Afrique ».
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2016 Nobel Peace Prize Statement (Feature article)