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.
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?
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.