GOOD NEWS FROM ZIMBABWE

GOOD NEWS FROM ZIMBABWE

The good news coming out of Zimbabwe has nothing to do with Robert Mugabe or the present economic and political situation. No, the good news is from the Binga Craft Centre on the shores of Lake Kariba.

DIPD REPORTING ON 2018

DIPD REPORTING ON 2018

I am happy to be able to comment on the 2018 Annual Report published in June 2019 by the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy, the organization I helped set in motion as the first Director 2011-16.

RED PARTIES WIN DANISH ELECTION

RED PARTIES WIN DANISH ELECTION

The 5 June 2019 election for Parliament in Denmark resulted in a dramatic victory for the parties belonging to the red bloc - with the climate agenda playing a key role. Some of the parties of the blue block lost in a manner that must be considered historic.

BHUTAN HDR 2019 ABOUT DEMOCRACY

BHUTAN HDR 2019 ABOUT DEMOCRACY

The 2019 edition of the Human Development Report for Bhutan deals with TEN YEARS OF DEMOCRACY IN BHUTAN, developed by the UNDP office in cooperation with the Parliament of Bhutan. It is a timely report, for now is the time to take stock and move forward.

YOUTH MOBILISE ON CLIMATE

YOUTH MOBILISE ON CLIMATE

On 15 March, I joined the thousands of students gathering in front of the Danish parliament. Inspired by Swedish Greta, they want our politicians, our leaders, to take action, not to continue to talk. They are so right!

MEETING WITH HUGO BLANCO

MEETING WITH HUGO BLANCO

More than 40 years ago, when I first visited Peru to collect information for my thesis, Hugo Blanco was one of the personalities I was most interested in. A peasant organizer and a rebel. Now, when he is 84 years old, he tells his fascinating story to a Danish audience.

“MAN BLIVER ALDRIG DEN SAMME”

“MAN BLIVER ALDRIG DEN SAMME”

I dag - den 24. januar 2019 - udkommer "Man bliver aldrig den sammen", som er en samling fortællinger og samtaler om Mellemfolkeligt Samvirkes historie gennem 75 år.

ECONOMIST ON DEMOCRACY IN 2018

ECONOMIST ON DEMOCRACY IN 2018

The Economist Democracy Index for 2018 shows that political participation has increased, and this is mostly thanks to the increased participation of women in many countries around the world. At least som light in darkness!

WORKING IN NEPAL 2014-2017

WORKING IN NEPAL 2014-2017

A new report called FRIENDSHIP, PARTNERSHIP, OWNERSHIP offers a detailed overview of the many activities that have taken place during four years of cooperation between the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy and political parties in Nepal.

KNOWLEDGE ABOUT GLOBAL MINORITIES

The 2018 edition of "The Indigenous World", published by the Copenhagen-based IWGIA is a 640 page publication of high quality information of the situation of indigenous people's around the world. Amazing!

People’s Meeting Bornholm – June 2018

People’s Meeting Bornholm – June 2018

Starting in 2011, the small Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea has been the host of what we call the "People's Meeting". This is a place for politicians and citizens to meet face to face.

VISITING NEPAL – MAY 2018

VISITING NEPAL – MAY 2018

I visited Nepal in May of 2018, having been invited by some of the political parties to speak on the occasion of the 200 year birthday of Karl Marx, and to visit old friends in the political parties on the multiparty platform JOMPOPS.

TRAVELLING ZIMBABWE – MAY 2018

TRAVELLING ZIMBABWE – MAY 2018

In May 2018 I drove 3.500 km through Zimbabwe with my wife, visiting friends and partners that I used to work with in the early 90s, when Zimbabwewas a very different country.

STORIES FROM FURUKOLLEN – 2017

STORIES FROM FURUKOLLEN – 2017

During our time at our house "Furukollen" in the valley of Gudbrandsdalen during the sumer of 2017, I wrote a series of stories about the place. These are the photos used.

NIMD ANNUAL REPORT 2017

NIMD ANNUAL REPORT 2017

The Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy [NIMD] has recently released the 2017 Annual Report, which offers the reader a good overview of the challenges facing democracy programmes.

SUPPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION?

SUPPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION?

For decades, the Danes have been asked about their support - or the opposite - for development cooperation. In general, a majority of the population has been supportive. In March, a selection of 1001 persons were asked their opinion about the impact of development cooperation, i.e. if people think that it works or helps?

DRUK JOURNAL: DEMOCRACY IN BHUTAN?

DRUK JOURNAL: DEMOCRACY IN BHUTAN?

The Druk Journal started in 2015, as a non-partisan publication, with the purpose of serving the national interest through the development of serious conversation on issues from every possible constructive point of view. In this issue, I write about the challenges presently facing political parties globally, and what needs to be done in Bhutan to avoid ending in the same situation.

DEMOCRACY AND THE SDGs – IN NEPAL

DEMOCRACY AND THE SDGs – IN NEPAL

During my recent visit to Nepal, I had the opportunity to meet with the Steering Committee of JOMPOPS, a platform of all the parties that today play a role in the country. In addition to their normal SC business, they had asked me to make a presentation on the way in which issues of democracy are covered by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

ON THE WELFARE STATE – IN NEPAL

ON THE WELFARE STATE – IN NEPAL

A seminar organized by the Maoist Party on 6 May was more modest in numbers than the big meeting on 4 May, but actually very interesting from a substantive point of view. Local academics spoke about how to analyse class and caste developments in Nepal, and how to address the key challenges. I had been asked to contribute with a perspective on the Nordic [Danish] welfare state.

TALKING ABOUT GLOBALIZATION IN NEPAL

TALKING ABOUT GLOBALIZATION IN NEPAL

I was invited to speak at a conference organised by the Communist and Maoist parties in Kathmandu around the 5 May celebration of the 200 year anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx, to speak about the challenges of globalisation and global democracy.

DANMARKSINDSAMLING 2018?

DANMARKSINDSAMLING 2018?

Skal vi have endnu en Danmarksindsamling i 2018? Jeg synes det ikke, medmindre der laves dramatiske ændringer i konceptet.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER

The cover of the collection of stories from Zimbabwe is a painting I bought from the National Gallery, painted by a promising Zimbabwean artist, Benjamin Furawu. It is simply called "His Excellency". Believe it or not, Mugabe is now in exile in an apartment building in downtown Copenhagen!

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [20]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [20]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [19]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [19]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [18]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [18]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [17]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [17]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [16]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [16]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [15]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [15]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [14]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [14]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [13]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [13]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [12]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [12]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [11]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [11]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [10]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [10]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [9]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [9]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [8]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [8]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [7]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [7]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [6]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [6]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [5]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [5]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [4]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [4]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [3]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [3]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [2]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [2]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [1]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [1]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

HVOR STOR SKAL HÅNDVASKEN VÆRE?

HVOR STOR SKAL HÅNDVASKEN VÆRE?

Så er den her igen, debatten om Afrika, om de hvide og de sorte, om bistandens negative eller positive rolle. Denne gang båret frem med afrikanske lyde, smukke landskaber, og karakterer ætset knivskarpt og dramatisk i den rødbrune jord. Det skal 'Liberty' have tak for.

THE DEATH OF MORGAN TSVANGIRAI

THE DEATH OF MORGAN TSVANGIRAI

It is sad to learn about the death of Morgan Tsvangirai, at the age of only 65. Despite all the controversies that have surrounded him over the years, he deserves to be recognized for his leadership at a time when his country needed it.

VERDENSMÅLENE OG DEMOKRATIET

VERDENSMÅLENE OG DEMOKRATIET

Foreningen Globale Seniorer gennemfører i foråret en række møder, hvor medlemmer præsenterer de 17 Verdensmål. Jeg har fortalt om mål nummer 16, som bl.a. handler om fred, retssikkerhed og opbygning af effektive, ansvarlige og inddragende institutioner.

FREEDOM IN THE WORLD 2018

FREEDOM IN THE WORLD 2018

The beginning of a new year also means the publication of the annual report from the US-based Freedom House, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that supports democratic change, monitors freedom, and advocates for democracy and human rights.

ASTA WINS IN KATHMANDU PROVINCE

ASTA WINS IN KATHMANDU PROVINCE

Following her victory in the election for the provincial parliament in Kathmandu, I asked Asta Laxmi Shakya from the communist UML party to present some of the key issues she would like to address in the position she will be appointed to be responsible for.

DRUK JOURNAL ABOUT CIVIL SOCIETY

DRUK JOURNAL ABOUT CIVIL SOCIETY

The recent issue of Druk Journal in Bhutan is about Civil Society, recognizing that this is still a new phenomenon in a society that has traditionally had a rather statist and top-down form of governance. I have written the introductory article.

KV17 – STORY # 8 – CURTAIN LIFTING

KV17 – STORY # 8 – CURTAIN LIFTING

On 21 November, the Danes voted in municipal elections, exercising their right to participate in the decision-making at the local level of our democracy. What are the issues? Are people interested? This is # 8 of a series of personal stories I will post during and after the election campaign.

CIVIL SOCIETY IN ZIMBABWE SPEAKING OUT

CIVIL SOCIETY IN ZIMBABWE SPEAKING OUT

Following the intervention of the military in the wake of the sacking of Vice President Emerson Mnangagwa, civil society organisations met and agreed on a communication to the people of Zimbabwe.

SAYING GOODBYE TO GRACE

SAYING GOODBYE TO GRACE

Contrary to what the South African Artist ZAPIRO seems to indicate in his drawings, both Mnangagwa, Grace Mugabe and Robert Mugabe are still alive. Hopefully the present crisis will continue to be managed in a peaceful manner.

KV17 – STORY # 7 – SACRIFICING TIME

KV17 – STORY # 7 – SACRIFICING TIME

On 21 November, the Danes will vote in municipal elections, exercising their right to participate in the decision-making at the local level of our democracy. What are the issues? Are people interested? This is # 7 of a series of personal stories I will post during the election campaign.

THE END OF THE MUGABE ERA?

THE END OF THE MUGABE ERA?

Twenty-five years ago, on 15 November 1992, our son Lasse was born in Harare. Tonight we will celebrate and reminisce about the beauty of the country and the hospitality of its people. I am sure that we will also discuss how the events on 15 November 2017 will mark the end of the Mugabe era.

KV17 – STORY # 6 – ELECTION COALITIONS

KV17 – STORY # 6 – ELECTION COALITIONS

On 21 November, the Danes will vote in municipal elections, exercising their right to participate in the decision-making at the local level of our democracy. What are the issues? Are people interested? This is # 6 of a series of personal stories I will post during the election campaign.

THE HOUSE ON THE LAKE

THE HOUSE ON THE LAKE

During the summer of 2017, I published a series of short stories from my house Furukollen in Norway. I have now put the stories together in one document, to make...

KV17 – STORY # 5 – FALL FROM POWER

KV17 – STORY # 5 – FALL FROM POWER

On 21 November, the Danes will vote in municipal elections, exercising their right to participate in the decision-making at the local level of our democracy. What are the issues? Are people interested? This is # 5 of a series of personal stories I will post during the election campaign.

KV17 – STORY # 4 – COUNTING VOTES

KV17 – STORY # 4 – COUNTING VOTES

On 21 November, the Danes will vote in municipal elections, exercising their right to participate in the decision-making at the local level of our democracy. What are the issues? Are people interested? This is # 4 of a series of personal stories I will post during the election campaign.

KV17 – STORY # 3 – WOMEN IN POLITICS

KV17 – STORY # 3 – WOMEN IN POLITICS

On 21 November, the Danes will vote in municipal elections, exercising their right to participate in the decision-making at the local level of our democracy. What are the issues? Are people interested? This is # 3 of a series of personal stories I will post over the next month.

KV17 – STORY # 2 – CRITICAL ISSUES

KV17 – STORY # 2 – CRITICAL ISSUES

On 21 November, the Danes will vote in municipal elections, exercising their right to participate in the decision-making at the local level of our democracy. What are the issues? Are people interested? This is # 2 of a series of personal stories I will post over the next month.

KV17 – STORY # 1 – POSTERS IN LAMPPOSTS

KV17 – STORY # 1 – POSTERS IN LAMPPOSTS

On 21 November, the Danes will vote in municipal elections, exercising their right to participate in the decision-making at the local level of our democracy. What are the issues? Are people interested? This is # 1 of a series of personal stories I will post over the next month.

THE END OF A FAIRYTALE?

THE END OF A FAIRYTALE?

A new survey indicates that the Danish fairytale story of our democracy may not be as optimistic as we have come to believe. We need to respond to the findings and work hard and focused to re-invigorate and re-design our own democracy.

DEMOCRACY DAY 2017

DEMOCRACY DAY 2017

This year is the tenth time the world is celebrating the International Day of Democracy on 15 November, and in his message, the new UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, focuses on the link between democracy and conflict prevention.

FIRST EARTHQUAKE – THEN FLOODING

FIRST EARTHQUAKE – THEN FLOODING

One hurricane after the other is slamming the coasts of islands in the Caribbean, leaving many dead and thousands more homeless. In the West, we tend to be more preoccupied with disasters on 'our own' coasts, like Harvey and Irma. But we should not forget Nepal.

DEBATING THE LEVEL OF ODA IN 2018

DEBATING THE LEVEL OF ODA IN 2018

Danish Kroner 15.878.000 million will be spent on development in 2018 according to the State Budget proposal from the government. In a meeting, the Minister argued that this was enough. I disagreed!

CAN AFRICA WORK IT OUT?

CAN AFRICA WORK IT OUT?

The book "Making Africa Work" tells about the disastrous future the continent faces unless it acts quickly to consolidate democracy, liberalise economies, invest in people and ensure the rule of law.

RESPONDING TO SHRINKING SPACE

RESPONDING TO SHRINKING SPACE

Globalt Fokus is a platform for all of the Danish development organizations, and it recently invited some of the Danish ambassadors to discuss the challenge of the shrinking space for civil society we have been  experiencing for many years in many countries around the world.

NEED FOR A PARTY BLUEPRINT?

NEED FOR A PARTY BLUEPRINT?

As a former practitioner inside the party-support community, I can easily see the usefullness of the thematic reflections, case studies and work sheets presented in the NDI document. However, the nature of the document also raises questions that I believe need to be asked.

THERE IS STILL HOPE

THERE IS STILL HOPE

Participating in the Pride Parade in Copenhagen yesterday, I understood how marginal Trump will be seen in a historical perspective, both as a person and as a president. There are more of 'us', who believe in the beauty of and need for 'diversity'.

SOMETHING IS ROTTEN

SOMETHING IS ROTTEN

I feel that something is rotten in the state of Denmark. with regard to the transition to a different and more sustainable society. Norway is moving from petrol to electricity powered cars. Why is the Danish government not showing leadership in this area?

STORY 9 FROM ‘FURUKOLLEN’

STORY 9 FROM ‘FURUKOLLEN’

This is STORY 9 in my series of Stories from 'Furukollen'. This one is about the Norwegian way of moving from petrol to electricity powered cars, and the opening of a loading station at Lesjaverk. Why is the Danish government not showing leadership in this area?

STORY 8 FROM ‘FURUKOLLEN’

STORY 8 FROM ‘FURUKOLLEN’

This is STORY 8 - and the last - in my series of Stories from 'Furukollen'. This one is about the art of fishing trout, which is really about establishing a relationship with nature, and also part of socialization..

STORY 7 FROM ‘FURUKOLLEN’

STORY 7 FROM ‘FURUKOLLEN’

This is STORY 7 in my series of Stories from 'Furukollen'. This one is about being a globalist, and globetrotting with an open mind. Being able to do so in a comfortable manner is much easier if your own roots are strong.

STORY 6 FROM ‘FURUKOLLEN’

STORY 6 FROM ‘FURUKOLLEN’

This is STORY 6 in my series of Stories from 'Furukollen'. This one is about the connection between a brown cheese produced and sold in the vally of Gudbrandsdalen and the world famous Danish restaurant called NOMA.

DIPD ANNUAL REPORT 2016

DIPD ANNUAL REPORT 2016

The 2016 Annual Report reflects how DIPD has continued to grow in its capacity to make a difference, while at the same time accepting that we are right now working in a very difficult global environment, where support for democracy is under pressure.

STORIES FROM ‘FURUKOLLEN’

STORIES FROM ‘FURUKOLLEN’

I am in my house in Norway. I intend to enjoy the silence and loneliness, filling my nostrils with the smells from the pine and birch trees, and visiting the lake to see if some of the trout will swallow the colorful flies. But I will also share some of my thoughts with you, through a daily update.

WWW.BCMD.BT

WWW.BCMD.BT

During my years with the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy (DIPD), one of the very intersting partners was the Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy. BCMD was one of...

WWW.CARNEGIEENDOWMENT.ORG

WWW.CARNEGIEENDOWMENT.ORG

The website of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a good place to start for anyone interested in democracy support in particular. Carnegie offers a unique global network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, India, and the United States.

WWW.BNEW.BT

WWW.BNEW.BT

The Bhutan Network for Empowering Women - BNEW - has been established as an outcome of the first-ever National consultation of elected women representatives organized in March 2012, and with support from DIPD.

TAKING BACK OUR WORLD

TAKING BACK OUR WORLD

The daily newspaper 'Information' has published 25 innovative models of how citizens "take back their world" - one of them is about the culture of coastal fishing. This offer a more productive view of Denmark than the superficial reference to 'the happiest people in the world'.

THE WAR ON CIVIL SOCIETY

THE WAR ON CIVIL SOCIETY

My experience is that the political and legal environment in which CSOs operate is of critical importance, both for the quality of democracy in general, but also for the delivery of services to the poor. Please read this new book on how bad things are!

PARTY FUNDING & DEMOCRACY

PARTY FUNDING & DEMOCRACY

NO, secret money does NOT play the same role in Denmark as we see in many other countries. But this does not imply that Denmark is in the front regarding openness, transparency, regulation, clarity and honesty in the field of political party funding.

WWW.IWGIA.ORG

WWW.IWGIA.ORG

IWGIA - International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs - supports indigenous peoples' struggle for human rights, self-determination, right to territory, control of land and resources, cultural integrity, and the right to development.

WWW.V-DEM.NET

WWW.V-DEM.NET

For those interested in the development of democracy both in the short-term and in the much longer-term, what is called the V-Dem Institute website at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden is a must.

V-DEM ANNUAL REPORT 2017

V-DEM ANNUAL REPORT 2017

The V-Dem website offers a database of 177 countries, 117 years and more than 350 indicators, as well as 52 indices measuring varying aspects of democracy - a truly unique insight into the state of global democracy.

GLOBAL GOAL ACTION PLAN

GLOBAL GOAL ACTION PLAN

The Danish government – represented by Development Minister Ulla Tørnæs and Minister of Finance Kristian Jensen – recently launched the Danish national action plan relating to the UN’s 17 Global...

SECURITY OR DEMOCRACY?

SECURITY OR DEMOCRACY?

A one day conference in Copenhagen to discuss SECURITY OR DEMOCRACY - DO WE NEED TO MAKE A CHOICE? Many argued that we must insist that democracy is a precondition for real human security.

DANISH DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

DANISH DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

In January 2017, the new three-party minority coalition government agreed with most other parties in the Danish parliament to adopt a new strategy. What is new?

ZAPIRO – EXPOSING THE TRUTH

ZAPIRO – EXPOSING THE TRUTH

South African cartoonist ZAPIRO is ingenious in his ability to expose the hypocrisy of the rich and powerful. He focuses mostly on South Afrina, and often on President Zuma, but like the cartoon marking the World Press Freedom Day indicates, Zapiro also covers global issues.

HOW TO MANAGE RESULTS?

HOW TO MANAGE RESULTS?

I have never been a fan of the type of simplistic 'results management regime' that has been creeping into the development community over the last decades. This approach is at best naive. Here is an alternative.

DEATH OF DEMOCRACY?

DEATH OF DEMOCRACY?

The democratic optimism ignited by the revolution in Portugal in 1974 has disappeared. But does that mean that democracy is on the death bed, waiting for the last oil?

SUPPORT KVINFO

SUPPORT KVINFO

KVINFO is being threatened by the Danish government through the Ministry of Culture. Support KVINFO by signing the petition.

WWW.DIPD.DK

WWW.DIPD.DK

It will not come as a surprise that the website of the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy is one I will recommend all of you to visit frequently.

WWW.DAILYMAVERICK.CO.ZA

WWW.DAILYMAVERICK.CO.ZA

Having subscribed to the daily online news stories from the Daily Maverick for several months I believe I have found a solid and trusted source. Please try it out yourself - it is free of charge. I don't think you will be disappointed!

DELIBERATING DEMOCRATISATION

DELIBERATING DEMOCRATISATION

This meeting in London brought together a mix of academics, policy makers and practitioners. It provided an opportunity to exchange ideas and new ways of working.

DANISH AID DOWN

DANISH AID DOWN

Statistics for 2016 shows Danish ODA reaching its lowest point in 30 years. In 2015 the number was 0.85 percent of GNI – but in 2016 it was down to 0.75 percent.

WELCOME TO NEPAL

WELCOME TO NEPAL

During my years with the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy, I was responsible for the multi-party programme in Nepal. This turned out to be extremely rewarding for me personally.

WELCOME TO MY WEBSITE!

WELCOME TO MY WEBSITE!

Following my retirement at the end of 2016, I have been working on setting up a website, where I can continue to communicate with friends and colleagues around the world. Now I am ready to launch it.

ENGAGING WITH DEMOCRACY

ENGAGING WITH DEMOCRACY

My most recent publication with articles from the work I was involved in as Director of the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy 2011-16.

WELCOME TO BOTSWANA

WELCOME TO BOTSWANA

I visited Botswana for the first time in 1980, when I worked for Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke, a Danish NGO. At the beginning of 2002, I returned to live in Botswana as UN Resident Coordinator.

WELCOME TO BHUTAN

WELCOME TO BHUTAN

Working in Bhutan has turned out to be extremely rewarding from both a professional and a personal point of view. In particular, it has been exciting to follow the development of the women in the Bhutan Network for Empowering Women.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT 2030

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT 2030

Populism, nationalism and isolationism is threatening the type of global co-operation that some of us believe is critically important. Will the 2030 agenda survive?

DEMOCRACY IN BHUTAN

DEMOCRACY IN BHUTAN

This book covers political developments 2008-13 in the small Kingdom of Bhutan high up in the Himalaya Mountains.

WELCOME TO MYANMAR

WELCOME TO MYANMAR

It has been fascinating to follow developments in Myanmar, and in 2014 I had the opportunity to visit, and also to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi. Much depends on her ability to lead the country.

KVINFO IN THE WORLD

KVINFO IN THE WORLD

The decision of the Minister of Culture to stop funding for the library and knowledge center of KVINFO contradicts the role Denmark has decided to play globally in the area of gender equality. This is sad.

KVINFO OG DEN STORE VERDEN

KVINFO OG DEN STORE VERDEN

Regeringens angreb på KVINFO har ikke sammenhæng med den rolle, Danmark har valgt at spille på ligestillingsområdet i global sammenhæng. Der er brug for mere eftertænksomhed end ministeren har udvist indtil nu.

DANISH DEMOCRACY DNA

DANISH DEMOCRACY DNA

A few weeks ago, I spent a weekend at one of the so-called People’s High School, to meet with other Danes to discuss the state of affairs of Danish democracy, and the impact of the Trump presidency. How are we doing?

OVERVIEW OF MY BOOKS

OVERVIEW OF MY BOOKS

Most of my books are in Danish. This overview provides a brief summary of all the books I have published over the years from 1975.

OVERVIEW OF MY CAREER

OVERVIEW OF MY CAREER

For easy reference to those who might be interested, I have updated my CV. This also includes a complete list of all the books I have published over the years.

WELCOME TO ZIMBABWE

WELCOME TO ZIMBABWE

I first visited Zimbabwe a few weeks after independence in 1980. I lived there with my family in the early 1990s. I would love to live in Zimbabwe again.

GOOD NEWS FROM ZIMBABWE

GOOD NEWS FROM ZIMBABWE

The good news coming out of Zimbabwe has nothing to do with Robert Mugabe or the present economic and political situation. No, the good news is from the Binga Craft Centre on the shores of Lake Kariba.

DIPD REPORTING ON 2018

DIPD REPORTING ON 2018

I am happy to be able to comment on the 2018 Annual Report published in June 2019 by the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy, the organization I helped set in motion as the first Director 2011-16.

RED PARTIES WIN DANISH ELECTION

RED PARTIES WIN DANISH ELECTION

The 5 June 2019 election for Parliament in Denmark resulted in a dramatic victory for the parties belonging to the red bloc - with the climate agenda playing a key role. Some of the parties of the blue block lost in a manner that must be considered historic.

BHUTAN HDR 2019 ABOUT DEMOCRACY

BHUTAN HDR 2019 ABOUT DEMOCRACY

The 2019 edition of the Human Development Report for Bhutan deals with TEN YEARS OF DEMOCRACY IN BHUTAN, developed by the UNDP office in cooperation with the Parliament of Bhutan. It is a timely report, for now is the time to take stock and move forward.

YOUTH MOBILISE ON CLIMATE

YOUTH MOBILISE ON CLIMATE

On 15 March, I joined the thousands of students gathering in front of the Danish parliament. Inspired by Swedish Greta, they want our politicians, our leaders, to take action, not to continue to talk. They are so right!

MEETING WITH HUGO BLANCO

MEETING WITH HUGO BLANCO

More than 40 years ago, when I first visited Peru to collect information for my thesis, Hugo Blanco was one of the personalities I was most interested in. A peasant organizer and a rebel. Now, when he is 84 years old, he tells his fascinating story to a Danish audience.

“MAN BLIVER ALDRIG DEN SAMME”

“MAN BLIVER ALDRIG DEN SAMME”

I dag - den 24. januar 2019 - udkommer "Man bliver aldrig den sammen", som er en samling fortællinger og samtaler om Mellemfolkeligt Samvirkes historie gennem 75 år.

ECONOMIST ON DEMOCRACY IN 2018

ECONOMIST ON DEMOCRACY IN 2018

The Economist Democracy Index for 2018 shows that political participation has increased, and this is mostly thanks to the increased participation of women in many countries around the world. At least som light in darkness!

WORKING IN NEPAL 2014-2017

WORKING IN NEPAL 2014-2017

A new report called FRIENDSHIP, PARTNERSHIP, OWNERSHIP offers a detailed overview of the many activities that have taken place during four years of cooperation between the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy and political parties in Nepal.

SUPPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION?

SUPPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION?

For decades, the Danes have been asked about their support - or the opposite - for development cooperation. In general, a majority of the population has been supportive. In March, a selection of 1001 persons were asked their opinion about the impact of development cooperation, i.e. if people think that it works or helps?

DRUK JOURNAL: DEMOCRACY IN BHUTAN?

DRUK JOURNAL: DEMOCRACY IN BHUTAN?

The Druk Journal started in 2015, as a non-partisan publication, with the purpose of serving the national interest through the development of serious conversation on issues from every possible constructive point of view. In this issue, I write about the challenges presently facing political parties globally, and what needs to be done in Bhutan to avoid ending in the same situation.

DEMOCRACY AND THE SDGs – IN NEPAL

DEMOCRACY AND THE SDGs – IN NEPAL

During my recent visit to Nepal, I had the opportunity to meet with the Steering Committee of JOMPOPS, a platform of all the parties that today play a role in the country. In addition to their normal SC business, they had asked me to make a presentation on the way in which issues of democracy are covered by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

ON THE WELFARE STATE – IN NEPAL

ON THE WELFARE STATE – IN NEPAL

A seminar organized by the Maoist Party on 6 May was more modest in numbers than the big meeting on 4 May, but actually very interesting from a substantive point of view. Local academics spoke about how to analyse class and caste developments in Nepal, and how to address the key challenges. I had been asked to contribute with a perspective on the Nordic [Danish] welfare state.

TALKING ABOUT GLOBALIZATION IN NEPAL

TALKING ABOUT GLOBALIZATION IN NEPAL

I was invited to speak at a conference organised by the Communist and Maoist parties in Kathmandu around the 5 May celebration of the 200 year anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx, to speak about the challenges of globalisation and global democracy.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER

The cover of the collection of stories from Zimbabwe is a painting I bought from the National Gallery, painted by a promising Zimbabwean artist, Benjamin Furawu. It is simply called "His Excellency". Believe it or not, Mugabe is now in exile in an apartment building in downtown Copenhagen!

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [20]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [20]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [19]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [19]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [18]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [18]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [17]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [17]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [16]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [16]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [15]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [15]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [14]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [14]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [13]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [13]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [12]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [12]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [11]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [11]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [10]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [10]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [9]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [9]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [8]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [8]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [7]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [7]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [6]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [6]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [5]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [5]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [4]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [4]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [3]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [3]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [2]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [2]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [1]

ZIMBABWE 25 YEARS LATER [1]

We lived in Zimbabwe 1992-95, working for the Danish Association for International Cooperation. These were some of the best years of our lives. We now return, to visit people and places we got to know 25 years ago.

HVOR STOR SKAL HÅNDVASKEN VÆRE?

HVOR STOR SKAL HÅNDVASKEN VÆRE?

Så er den her igen, debatten om Afrika, om de hvide og de sorte, om bistandens negative eller positive rolle. Denne gang båret frem med afrikanske lyde, smukke landskaber, og karakterer ætset knivskarpt og dramatisk i den rødbrune jord. Det skal 'Liberty' have tak for.

THE DEATH OF MORGAN TSVANGIRAI

THE DEATH OF MORGAN TSVANGIRAI

It is sad to learn about the death of Morgan Tsvangirai, at the age of only 65. Despite all the controversies that have surrounded him over the years, he deserves to be recognized for his leadership at a time when his country needed it.

VERDENSMÅLENE OG DEMOKRATIET

VERDENSMÅLENE OG DEMOKRATIET

Foreningen Globale Seniorer gennemfører i foråret en række møder, hvor medlemmer præsenterer de 17 Verdensmål. Jeg har fortalt om mål nummer 16, som bl.a. handler om fred, retssikkerhed og opbygning af effektive, ansvarlige og inddragende institutioner.

FREEDOM IN THE WORLD 2018

FREEDOM IN THE WORLD 2018

The beginning of a new year also means the publication of the annual report from the US-based Freedom House, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that supports democratic change, monitors freedom, and advocates for democracy and human rights.

ASTA WINS IN KATHMANDU PROVINCE

ASTA WINS IN KATHMANDU PROVINCE

Following her victory in the election for the provincial parliament in Kathmandu, I asked Asta Laxmi Shakya from the communist UML party to present some of the key issues she would like to address in the position she will be appointed to be responsible for.

DRUK JOURNAL ABOUT CIVIL SOCIETY

DRUK JOURNAL ABOUT CIVIL SOCIETY

The recent issue of Druk Journal in Bhutan is about Civil Society, recognizing that this is still a new phenomenon in a society that has traditionally had a rather statist and top-down form of governance. I have written the introductory article.

KV17 – STORY # 8 – CURTAIN LIFTING

KV17 – STORY # 8 – CURTAIN LIFTING

On 21 November, the Danes voted in municipal elections, exercising their right to participate in the decision-making at the local level of our democracy. What are the issues? Are people interested? This is # 8 of a series of personal stories I will post during and after the election campaign.

CIVIL SOCIETY IN ZIMBABWE SPEAKING OUT

CIVIL SOCIETY IN ZIMBABWE SPEAKING OUT

Following the intervention of the military in the wake of the sacking of Vice President Emerson Mnangagwa, civil society organisations met and agreed on a communication to the people of Zimbabwe.

SAYING GOODBYE TO GRACE

SAYING GOODBYE TO GRACE

Contrary to what the South African Artist ZAPIRO seems to indicate in his drawings, both Mnangagwa, Grace Mugabe and Robert Mugabe are still alive. Hopefully the present crisis will continue to be managed in a peaceful manner.

KV17 – STORY # 7 – SACRIFICING TIME

KV17 – STORY # 7 – SACRIFICING TIME

On 21 November, the Danes will vote in municipal elections, exercising their right to participate in the decision-making at the local level of our democracy. What are the issues? Are people interested? This is # 7 of a series of personal stories I will post during the election campaign.

THE END OF THE MUGABE ERA?

THE END OF THE MUGABE ERA?

Twenty-five years ago, on 15 November 1992, our son Lasse was born in Harare. Tonight we will celebrate and reminisce about the beauty of the country and the hospitality of its people. I am sure that we will also discuss how the events on 15 November 2017 will mark the end of the Mugabe era.

KV17 – STORY # 6 – ELECTION COALITIONS

KV17 – STORY # 6 – ELECTION COALITIONS

On 21 November, the Danes will vote in municipal elections, exercising their right to participate in the decision-making at the local level of our democracy. What are the issues? Are people interested? This is # 6 of a series of personal stories I will post during the election campaign.

KV17 – STORY # 5 – FALL FROM POWER

KV17 – STORY # 5 – FALL FROM POWER

On 21 November, the Danes will vote in municipal elections, exercising their right to participate in the decision-making at the local level of our democracy. What are the issues? Are people interested? This is # 5 of a series of personal stories I will post during the election campaign.

KV17 – STORY # 4 – COUNTING VOTES

KV17 – STORY # 4 – COUNTING VOTES

On 21 November, the Danes will vote in municipal elections, exercising their right to participate in the decision-making at the local level of our democracy. What are the issues? Are people interested? This is # 4 of a series of personal stories I will post during the election campaign.

KV17 – STORY # 3 – WOMEN IN POLITICS

KV17 – STORY # 3 – WOMEN IN POLITICS

On 21 November, the Danes will vote in municipal elections, exercising their right to participate in the decision-making at the local level of our democracy. What are the issues? Are people interested? This is # 3 of a series of personal stories I will post over the next month.

KV17 – STORY # 2 – CRITICAL ISSUES

KV17 – STORY # 2 – CRITICAL ISSUES

On 21 November, the Danes will vote in municipal elections, exercising their right to participate in the decision-making at the local level of our democracy. What are the issues? Are people interested? This is # 2 of a series of personal stories I will post over the next month.

KV17 – STORY # 1 – POSTERS IN LAMPPOSTS

KV17 – STORY # 1 – POSTERS IN LAMPPOSTS

On 21 November, the Danes will vote in municipal elections, exercising their right to participate in the decision-making at the local level of our democracy. What are the issues? Are people interested? This is # 1 of a series of personal stories I will post over the next month.

THE END OF A FAIRYTALE?

THE END OF A FAIRYTALE?

A new survey indicates that the Danish fairytale story of our democracy may not be as optimistic as we have come to believe. We need to respond to the findings and work hard and focused to re-invigorate and re-design our own democracy.

DEMOCRACY DAY 2017

DEMOCRACY DAY 2017

This year is the tenth time the world is celebrating the International Day of Democracy on 15 November, and in his message, the new UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, focuses on the link between democracy and conflict prevention.

FIRST EARTHQUAKE – THEN FLOODING

FIRST EARTHQUAKE – THEN FLOODING

One hurricane after the other is slamming the coasts of islands in the Caribbean, leaving many dead and thousands more homeless. In the West, we tend to be more preoccupied with disasters on 'our own' coasts, like Harvey and Irma. But we should not forget Nepal.

DEBATING THE LEVEL OF ODA IN 2018

DEBATING THE LEVEL OF ODA IN 2018

Danish Kroner 15.878.000 million will be spent on development in 2018 according to the State Budget proposal from the government. In a meeting, the Minister argued that this was enough. I disagreed!

RESPONDING TO SHRINKING SPACE

RESPONDING TO SHRINKING SPACE

Globalt Fokus is a platform for all of the Danish development organizations, and it recently invited some of the Danish ambassadors to discuss the challenge of the shrinking space for civil society we have been  experiencing for many years in many countries around the world.

NEED FOR A PARTY BLUEPRINT?

NEED FOR A PARTY BLUEPRINT?

As a former practitioner inside the party-support community, I can easily see the usefullness of the thematic reflections, case studies and work sheets presented in the NDI document. However, the nature of the document also raises questions that I believe need to be asked.

THERE IS STILL HOPE

THERE IS STILL HOPE

Participating in the Pride Parade in Copenhagen yesterday, I understood how marginal Trump will be seen in a historical perspective, both as a person and as a president. There are more of 'us', who believe in the beauty of and need for 'diversity'.

SOMETHING IS ROTTEN

SOMETHING IS ROTTEN

I feel that something is rotten in the state of Denmark. with regard to the transition to a different and more sustainable society. Norway is moving from petrol to electricity powered cars. Why is the Danish government not showing leadership in this area?

DIPD ANNUAL REPORT 2016

DIPD ANNUAL REPORT 2016

The 2016 Annual Report reflects how DIPD has continued to grow in its capacity to make a difference, while at the same time accepting that we are right now working in a very difficult global environment, where support for democracy is under pressure.

TAKING BACK OUR WORLD

TAKING BACK OUR WORLD

The daily newspaper 'Information' has published 25 innovative models of how citizens "take back their world" - one of them is about the culture of coastal fishing. This offer a more productive view of Denmark than the superficial reference to 'the happiest people in the world'.

THE WAR ON CIVIL SOCIETY

THE WAR ON CIVIL SOCIETY

My experience is that the political and legal environment in which CSOs operate is of critical importance, both for the quality of democracy in general, but also for the delivery of services to the poor. Please read this new book on how bad things are!

PARTY FUNDING & DEMOCRACY

PARTY FUNDING & DEMOCRACY

NO, secret money does NOT play the same role in Denmark as we see in many other countries. But this does not imply that Denmark is in the front regarding openness, transparency, regulation, clarity and honesty in the field of political party funding.

V-DEM ANNUAL REPORT 2017

V-DEM ANNUAL REPORT 2017

The V-Dem website offers a database of 177 countries, 117 years and more than 350 indicators, as well as 52 indices measuring varying aspects of democracy - a truly unique insight into the state of global democracy.

GLOBAL GOAL ACTION PLAN

GLOBAL GOAL ACTION PLAN

The Danish government – represented by Development Minister Ulla Tørnæs and Minister of Finance Kristian Jensen – recently launched the Danish national action plan relating to the UN’s 17 Global...

SECURITY OR DEMOCRACY?

SECURITY OR DEMOCRACY?

A one day conference in Copenhagen to discuss SECURITY OR DEMOCRACY - DO WE NEED TO MAKE A CHOICE? Many argued that we must insist that democracy is a precondition for real human security.

DANISH DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

DANISH DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

In January 2017, the new three-party minority coalition government agreed with most other parties in the Danish parliament to adopt a new strategy. What is new?

ZAPIRO – EXPOSING THE TRUTH

ZAPIRO – EXPOSING THE TRUTH

South African cartoonist ZAPIRO is ingenious in his ability to expose the hypocrisy of the rich and powerful. He focuses mostly on South Afrina, and often on President Zuma, but like the cartoon marking the World Press Freedom Day indicates, Zapiro also covers global issues.

DEATH OF DEMOCRACY?

DEATH OF DEMOCRACY?

The democratic optimism ignited by the revolution in Portugal in 1974 has disappeared. But does that mean that democracy is on the death bed, waiting for the last oil?

SUPPORT KVINFO

SUPPORT KVINFO

KVINFO is being threatened by the Danish government through the Ministry of Culture. Support KVINFO by signing the petition.

DANISH AID DOWN

DANISH AID DOWN

Statistics for 2016 shows Danish ODA reaching its lowest point in 30 years. In 2015 the number was 0.85 percent of GNI – but in 2016 it was down to 0.75 percent.

WELCOME TO NEPAL

WELCOME TO NEPAL

During my years with the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy, I was responsible for the multi-party programme in Nepal. This turned out to be extremely rewarding for me personally.

WELCOME TO MY WEBSITE!

WELCOME TO MY WEBSITE!

Following my retirement at the end of 2016, I have been working on setting up a website, where I can continue to communicate with friends and colleagues around the world. Now I am ready to launch it.

WELCOME TO BOTSWANA

WELCOME TO BOTSWANA

I visited Botswana for the first time in 1980, when I worked for Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke, a Danish NGO. At the beginning of 2002, I returned to live in Botswana as UN Resident Coordinator.

WELCOME TO BHUTAN

WELCOME TO BHUTAN

Working in Bhutan has turned out to be extremely rewarding from both a professional and a personal point of view. In particular, it has been exciting to follow the development of the women in the Bhutan Network for Empowering Women.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT 2030

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT 2030

Populism, nationalism and isolationism is threatening the type of global co-operation that some of us believe is critically important. Will the 2030 agenda survive?

WELCOME TO MYANMAR

WELCOME TO MYANMAR

It has been fascinating to follow developments in Myanmar, and in 2014 I had the opportunity to visit, and also to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi. Much depends on her ability to lead the country.

KVINFO IN THE WORLD

KVINFO IN THE WORLD

The decision of the Minister of Culture to stop funding for the library and knowledge center of KVINFO contradicts the role Denmark has decided to play globally in the area of gender equality. This is sad.

KVINFO OG DEN STORE VERDEN

KVINFO OG DEN STORE VERDEN

Regeringens angreb på KVINFO har ikke sammenhæng med den rolle, Danmark har valgt at spille på ligestillingsområdet i global sammenhæng. Der er brug for mere eftertænksomhed end ministeren har udvist indtil nu.

DANISH DEMOCRACY DNA

DANISH DEMOCRACY DNA

A few weeks ago, I spent a weekend at one of the so-called People’s High School, to meet with other Danes to discuss the state of affairs of Danish democracy, and the impact of the Trump presidency. How are we doing?

WELCOME TO ZIMBABWE

WELCOME TO ZIMBABWE

I first visited Zimbabwe a few weeks after independence in 1980. I lived there with my family in the early 1990s. I would love to live in Zimbabwe again.

DIPD REPORTING ON 2018

DIPD REPORTING ON 2018

I am happy to be able to comment on the 2018 Annual Report published in June 2019 by the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy, the organization I helped set in motion as the first Director 2011-16.

KNOWLEDGE ABOUT GLOBAL MINORITIES

The 2018 edition of "The Indigenous World", published by the Copenhagen-based IWGIA is a 640 page publication of high quality information of the situation of indigenous people's around the world. Amazing!

NIMD ANNUAL REPORT 2017

NIMD ANNUAL REPORT 2017

The Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy [NIMD] has recently released the 2017 Annual Report, which offers the reader a good overview of the challenges facing democracy programmes.

SUPPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION?

SUPPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION?

For decades, the Danes have been asked about their support - or the opposite - for development cooperation. In general, a majority of the population has been supportive. In March, a selection of 1001 persons were asked their opinion about the impact of development cooperation, i.e. if people think that it works or helps?

DRUK JOURNAL: DEMOCRACY IN BHUTAN?

DRUK JOURNAL: DEMOCRACY IN BHUTAN?

The Druk Journal started in 2015, as a non-partisan publication, with the purpose of serving the national interest through the development of serious conversation on issues from every possible constructive point of view. In this issue, I write about the challenges presently facing political parties globally, and what needs to be done in Bhutan to avoid ending in the same situation.

DEMOCRACY AND THE SDGs – IN NEPAL

DEMOCRACY AND THE SDGs – IN NEPAL

During my recent visit to Nepal, I had the opportunity to meet with the Steering Committee of JOMPOPS, a platform of all the parties that today play a role in the country. In addition to their normal SC business, they had asked me to make a presentation on the way in which issues of democracy are covered by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

ON THE WELFARE STATE – IN NEPAL

ON THE WELFARE STATE – IN NEPAL

A seminar organized by the Maoist Party on 6 May was more modest in numbers than the big meeting on 4 May, but actually very interesting from a substantive point of view. Local academics spoke about how to analyse class and caste developments in Nepal, and how to address the key challenges. I had been asked to contribute with a perspective on the Nordic [Danish] welfare state.

TALKING ABOUT GLOBALIZATION IN NEPAL

TALKING ABOUT GLOBALIZATION IN NEPAL

I was invited to speak at a conference organised by the Communist and Maoist parties in Kathmandu around the 5 May celebration of the 200 year anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx, to speak about the challenges of globalisation and global democracy.

DANMARKSINDSAMLING 2018?

DANMARKSINDSAMLING 2018?

Skal vi have endnu en Danmarksindsamling i 2018? Jeg synes det ikke, medmindre der laves dramatiske ændringer i konceptet.

HVOR STOR SKAL HÅNDVASKEN VÆRE?

HVOR STOR SKAL HÅNDVASKEN VÆRE?

Så er den her igen, debatten om Afrika, om de hvide og de sorte, om bistandens negative eller positive rolle. Denne gang båret frem med afrikanske lyde, smukke landskaber, og karakterer ætset knivskarpt og dramatisk i den rødbrune jord. Det skal 'Liberty' have tak for.

VERDENSMÅLENE OG DEMOKRATIET

VERDENSMÅLENE OG DEMOKRATIET

Foreningen Globale Seniorer gennemfører i foråret en række møder, hvor medlemmer præsenterer de 17 Verdensmål. Jeg har fortalt om mål nummer 16, som bl.a. handler om fred, retssikkerhed og opbygning af effektive, ansvarlige og inddragende institutioner.

FREEDOM IN THE WORLD 2018

FREEDOM IN THE WORLD 2018

The beginning of a new year also means the publication of the annual report from the US-based Freedom House, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that supports democratic change, monitors freedom, and advocates for democracy and human rights.

DRUK JOURNAL ABOUT CIVIL SOCIETY

DRUK JOURNAL ABOUT CIVIL SOCIETY

The recent issue of Druk Journal in Bhutan is about Civil Society, recognizing that this is still a new phenomenon in a society that has traditionally had a rather statist and top-down form of governance. I have written the introductory article.

THE HOUSE ON THE LAKE

THE HOUSE ON THE LAKE

During the summer of 2017, I published a series of short stories from my house Furukollen in Norway. I have now put the stories together in one document, to make...

CAN AFRICA WORK IT OUT?

CAN AFRICA WORK IT OUT?

The book "Making Africa Work" tells about the disastrous future the continent faces unless it acts quickly to consolidate democracy, liberalise economies, invest in people and ensure the rule of law.

NEED FOR A PARTY BLUEPRINT?

NEED FOR A PARTY BLUEPRINT?

As a former practitioner inside the party-support community, I can easily see the usefullness of the thematic reflections, case studies and work sheets presented in the NDI document. However, the nature of the document also raises questions that I believe need to be asked.

STORY 9 FROM ‘FURUKOLLEN’

STORY 9 FROM ‘FURUKOLLEN’

This is STORY 9 in my series of Stories from 'Furukollen'. This one is about the Norwegian way of moving from petrol to electricity powered cars, and the opening of a loading station at Lesjaverk. Why is the Danish government not showing leadership in this area?

STORY 8 FROM ‘FURUKOLLEN’

STORY 8 FROM ‘FURUKOLLEN’

This is STORY 8 - and the last - in my series of Stories from 'Furukollen'. This one is about the art of fishing trout, which is really about establishing a relationship with nature, and also part of socialization..

STORY 7 FROM ‘FURUKOLLEN’

STORY 7 FROM ‘FURUKOLLEN’

This is STORY 7 in my series of Stories from 'Furukollen'. This one is about being a globalist, and globetrotting with an open mind. Being able to do so in a comfortable manner is much easier if your own roots are strong.

STORY 6 FROM ‘FURUKOLLEN’

STORY 6 FROM ‘FURUKOLLEN’

This is STORY 6 in my series of Stories from 'Furukollen'. This one is about the connection between a brown cheese produced and sold in the vally of Gudbrandsdalen and the world famous Danish restaurant called NOMA.

DIPD ANNUAL REPORT 2016

DIPD ANNUAL REPORT 2016

The 2016 Annual Report reflects how DIPD has continued to grow in its capacity to make a difference, while at the same time accepting that we are right now working in a very difficult global environment, where support for democracy is under pressure.

STORIES FROM ‘FURUKOLLEN’

STORIES FROM ‘FURUKOLLEN’

I am in my house in Norway. I intend to enjoy the silence and loneliness, filling my nostrils with the smells from the pine and birch trees, and visiting the lake to see if some of the trout will swallow the colorful flies. But I will also share some of my thoughts with you, through a daily update.

WWW.BCMD.BT

WWW.BCMD.BT

During my years with the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy (DIPD), one of the very intersting partners was the Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy. BCMD was one of...

WWW.CARNEGIEENDOWMENT.ORG

WWW.CARNEGIEENDOWMENT.ORG

The website of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a good place to start for anyone interested in democracy support in particular. Carnegie offers a unique global network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, India, and the United States.

WWW.BNEW.BT

WWW.BNEW.BT

The Bhutan Network for Empowering Women - BNEW - has been established as an outcome of the first-ever National consultation of elected women representatives organized in March 2012, and with support from DIPD.

WWW.IWGIA.ORG

WWW.IWGIA.ORG

IWGIA - International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs - supports indigenous peoples' struggle for human rights, self-determination, right to territory, control of land and resources, cultural integrity, and the right to development.

WWW.V-DEM.NET

WWW.V-DEM.NET

For those interested in the development of democracy both in the short-term and in the much longer-term, what is called the V-Dem Institute website at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden is a must.

V-DEM ANNUAL REPORT 2017

V-DEM ANNUAL REPORT 2017

The V-Dem website offers a database of 177 countries, 117 years and more than 350 indicators, as well as 52 indices measuring varying aspects of democracy - a truly unique insight into the state of global democracy.

HOW TO MANAGE RESULTS?

HOW TO MANAGE RESULTS?

I have never been a fan of the type of simplistic 'results management regime' that has been creeping into the development community over the last decades. This approach is at best naive. Here is an alternative.

WWW.DIPD.DK

WWW.DIPD.DK

It will not come as a surprise that the website of the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy is one I will recommend all of you to visit frequently.

WWW.DAILYMAVERICK.CO.ZA

WWW.DAILYMAVERICK.CO.ZA

Having subscribed to the daily online news stories from the Daily Maverick for several months I believe I have found a solid and trusted source. Please try it out yourself - it is free of charge. I don't think you will be disappointed!

DELIBERATING DEMOCRATISATION

DELIBERATING DEMOCRATISATION

This meeting in London brought together a mix of academics, policy makers and practitioners. It provided an opportunity to exchange ideas and new ways of working.

ENGAGING WITH DEMOCRACY

ENGAGING WITH DEMOCRACY

My most recent publication with articles from the work I was involved in as Director of the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy 2011-16.

DEMOCRACY IN BHUTAN

DEMOCRACY IN BHUTAN

This book covers political developments 2008-13 in the small Kingdom of Bhutan high up in the Himalaya Mountains.

OVERVIEW OF MY BOOKS

OVERVIEW OF MY BOOKS

Most of my books are in Danish. This overview provides a brief summary of all the books I have published over the years from 1975.

OVERVIEW OF MY CAREER

OVERVIEW OF MY CAREER

For easy reference to those who might be interested, I have updated my CV. This also includes a complete list of all the books I have published over the years.

Photography

People’s Meeting Bornholm – June 2018

People’s Meeting Bornholm – June 2018

Starting in 2011, the small Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea has been the host of what we call the "People's Meeting". This is a place for politicians and citizens to meet face to face.

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VISITING NEPAL – MAY 2018

VISITING NEPAL – MAY 2018

I visited Nepal in May of 2018, having been invited by some of the political parties to speak on the occasion of the 200 year birthday of Karl Marx, and to visit old friends in the political parties on the multiparty platform JOMPOPS.

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TRAVELLING ZIMBABWE – MAY 2018

TRAVELLING ZIMBABWE – MAY 2018

In May 2018 I drove 3.500 km through Zimbabwe with my wife, visiting friends and partners that I used to work with in the early 90s, when Zimbabwewas a very different country.

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STORIES FROM FURUKOLLEN – 2017

STORIES FROM FURUKOLLEN – 2017

During our time at our house "Furukollen" in the valley of Gudbrandsdalen during the sumer of 2017, I wrote a series of stories about the place. These are the photos used.

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Publications