Alex Thier reflects on the importance of democratic governance for sustainable development following the High Level Political Forum in New York. Sitting in the grand halls of the United Nations this week, I am struck by a dangerous dichotomy. Lip service is paid (rightly and repeatedly) to the principles of inclusive, accountable governance, [...]
Background paper on the state of legislation for civil society organisations in the East African Community and its effect on the CSO operating environment
This paper discusses Civil Society Organisation (CSO) Operating Space in the EAC, restrictions on CSO operating space, the key drivers and impact of the restrictions on CSOs and CSO operating space from a country perspective.
Governments seeking to close political space have a number of tools at their disposal. One popular tactic is to suppress civil society by restricting foreign funding, controlling registration and imposing onerous reporting requirements. Parliaments often aid and abet executives in this process, even in purportedly democratic states. This paper examines when parliaments protect political space [...]
This paper demonstrates the challenges that those working to strengthen democracy confront in putting their strategies into practice, using the Westminster Foundation for Democracy’s (WFD) work with civil society as an example. While formulating effective interventions is a significant challenge, how to go about implementing them is often just as problematic.