NEWS

ABOUT DEMOCRACY

The ‘Third Wave of Democracy’ started in the early 1970’ies, when officers in Portugal rose up against the dictatorship. From Portugal, the spirit of democracy spread like a bushfire from country to country, and from region to region. Today, more people than ever before live in a democracy, but right now democracy is under pressure in many countries.

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.

RED PARTIES WIN DANISH ELECTION

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.

MEETING WITH HUGO BLANCO

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!

ECONOMIST ON DEMOCRACY IN 2018

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.

THE DEATH OF MORGAN TSVANGIRAI

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.

VERDENSMÅLENE OG DEMOKRATIET

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.

FREEDOM IN THE WORLD 2018

ABOUT SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

With the agreement in the UN in 2015 about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the world has set a course for what needs to be done by 2030. We know how we can improve livelihoods for the poor, reduce inequality, protect human rights and find environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions. The big question is if we have the political will to do what is needed?

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!

YOUTH MOBILISE ON CLIMATE

“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.

“MAN BLIVER ALDRIG DEN SAMME”

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?

SUPPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION?

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.

HVOR STOR SKAL HÅNDVASKEN VÆRE?

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!

DEBATING THE LEVEL OF ODA IN 2018

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?

SOMETHING IS ROTTEN

ABOUT SELECTED COUNTRIES

My work has allowed me to follow developments in many countries. However, some countries I have come to know more intimately than others. This is the case with Botswana and Zimbabwe, where I have lived for longer periods. Countries like Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal have been my working territory in recent years. These five countries will be my focus.

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.

BHUTAN HDR 2019 ABOUT DEMOCRACY

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.

WORKING IN NEPAL 2014-2017

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.

DRUK JOURNAL: DEMOCRACY IN BHUTAN?

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.

DEMOCRACY AND THE SDGs – 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.

ON THE WELFARE STATE – 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.

TALKING ABOUT GLOBALIZATION IN NEPAL