Why are we running this project?
Following the end of the Cold War, there was a surge in support for international democracy building, which was furnished with the corresponding financial and human resources. Three decades after upheaval began in the societies of Central, East, and Southeast Europe, the impact of this support remains unclear in many instances. Not even the introduction of comprehensive evaluation processes by those behind the measures or in-depth discussions between those involved were able to shed much light on the situation. At the same time, the many years of support in the aforementioned regions are now cited as examples of good practice in a new set of countries, such as those in North Africa or Southeast Asia.
What are our goals?
The aim of the project is to study and compare the effect of democracy building in transformation societies in different parts of the world using practical examples and to develop recommendations for private and public players.
How does the project work?
Taking into account the ever-changing international context, expert committee of experienced practitioners and analysts from non-Western and emerging democracies will exchange experiences, draw parallels and pinpoint difference while formulating concrete recommendations to Western decision-makers and experts in democracy building.
Who organizes and supports the project?
The members of the group come from transformation countries at various stages of the transition to peaceful societies. They are located in unstable and conflicted regions of the world.
The project will be carried out in conjunction with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., and Brussels.