Monday, February 14, 2011

"Democracy" In The Arab World

The entire report can be found at: Democracy in The Arab World

IDEA's Project on Democracy in the Arab World

Since its foundation in 1995,1 International IDEA (the International Institute for Democracy
and Electoral Assistance) has been working towards assisting democracy world wide.
Although no ‘wave of democracy‘ has swept over the Arab region, many important
developments in the direction of political reform and modernization are taking place
and may well gather further momentum for securing peace, prosperity and democracy in the
near future.


IDEA’s work in the Arab world started in 1998 through a number of exploratory missions,
culminating in a regional conference in Stockholm in 1999. A follow-up in the form of a
project became possible in late 2002 with funding from the Government of Germany.

The objective of the project has been to contribute comparative analysis of and information
on good practice in democratization in order to enrich debate about democratic reform in 
Egypt, Jordan and Yemen. It has aimed to identify the main challenges and opportunities
for reform that may also be valid for other Arab countries engaged in democratic transition
or for the international community that is interested in supporting the process of reform
in the Arab world. The project has focused on the factors that will contribute to support
a reform-oriented agenda, using as entry points the issues of electoral system reform, the
political participation of women and the development of political parties.

The critical challenges facing democratization in the Arab world reflect themes that are
central to IDEA’s work in general—the conduct of free and fair elections, the political
inclusion of women, and the functioning of political parties. A regional perspective is crucial
to understanding the trends in democracy in the Arab world. IDEA’s efforts aim to provide
a forum for dialogue within and between Arab countries, seeking to identify and establish
good democratic practice in the region.

Strategies and Needs of Local Reform-minded Groups

 IDEA’s partners and local reform-minded groups in Egypt, Jordan and Yemen recommend
a strategy consisting of:
• creating national alliances among all reform groups in each field. These alliances can
organize campaigns and present concrete proposals for amendments to the law with
detailed reform agendas reflecting priorities and time concerns;
using the available media and educational programmes to promote reform projects and
proposals, and to mobilize movements and groups that can increase the democratic
pressure on governments and other stakeholders to introduce the desired reforms;
• starting a national dialogue in each country to negotiate roles and responsibilities in
implementing reforms, and create partnership between the different sectors of the
society to support these reforms; and
• establishing capacity and alliances to support regional and national networks, and
forums where groups from different countries can learn from each other’s experiences
and possibly amplify the impact of their work. Regional collaboration is very important
because it will help deepen reform efforts and influence democratic performance at the
national level.


I understand and wish to continue said...

Great Going with this HBM!
What fantastic information and source.
Again, infiltration through influencing Women, the impressionable youth, religious figures plus other community leaders and organisations, all in the pretext of "goodwill" (yes, that word again).
I bet they had fun coming up with the acronym! Idea!!(what agood IDEA indeed.)
Cheers A13

I understand and wish to continue said...

Don't you love the "mission statement" type of languge being used here, full of weasel words, so it's a dead giveaway as to it's real source.

Honk Bonk Man said...

It is all about control. It is like having France telling the USA how to run its Congress. Bolivia and Brazil are some interesting cases because both countries have socialists (or Communists) elected presidents. Are we really talking about "Democracy"?

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