Election assistance in times of democratic backlash

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Date: November 26, 2021
Date: November 26, 2021
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm / Online
Start date: November 26, 2021
Institution: The Expert Group for Aid Studies (EBA)

The Expert Group for Aid Studies (EBA) hosts a seminar on Election Assistance. The international community of Election Assistance (EA) practitioners has over decades built norms and principles for the support to free and fair elections. When properly applied, these principles contribute to more effective election processes. A new EBA study, ”Supporting Elections Effectively: Principles and Practice of Electoral Assistance”, has mapped these principles, and systematically assembled the wider knowledge gained by this community of practitioners.

Given the ongoing wave of autocratization, however, there is an urgent need to update the principles. The influence of new technologies, the role of money in politics, deliberate undermining of elections and other challenges need to be dealt with. Revitalised arenas for knowledge exchange and for renewal of EA principles are called for.

Speakers and discussants

  • Therese Pearce Laanela, Head, Electoral Processes, International IDEA
  • Sead Alihodžić, Senior Advisor, International IDEA
  • Thomas Carothers, Harvey V. Fineberg Chair for Democracy Studies & Senior V P for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Staffan Smedby, Head, Unit for Democracy and Human Rights, Sida

Moderator: Helena Lindholm, Professor of Peace and Development & EBA Chair

Note! Don’t forget to register.