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June 11, 2021
The Maldives ranks last in South Asia for women’s representation, so when Maldivians went to the polls for the local council elections in April 2021, and voted to give 370 seats to women, it was an historic event. This was the first time in the country’s history a gender quota was applied to the... Read More
June 10, 2021
The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately affects women. That’s why women’s economic empowerment (WEE), especially in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, has never been more important than now. According to an United Nations report, past gains towards achieving... Read More
May 26, 2021
The House Democracy Partnership (HDP)  is a bipartisan commission of the U.S. House of Representatives that works directly with 22 partner parliaments around the world to support the development of effective, independent, and ... Read More
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May 26, 2021
It has been 23 years since the fall of Suharto ushered in an era of tremendous progress within a democratic Indonesia, including several national elections deemed free, fair, and technically sound by domestic and international observers. Indonesia has seen two significant peaceful transitions of... Read More
May 21, 2021
Five months after Cuba implemented a new economic reform called “The Ordering Task,” the financial situation of Cuba’s cuentapropistas, or self-employed workers, is more dire than ever before.  Furthermore, Cubans suffer longer lines at markets to buy food due to shortages, and prices are... Read More
May 11, 2021
Civil society plays a pivotal role in democracies by serving as a liaison between citizens and their government. It advocates for citizens’ needs, while monitoring the government and holding it accountable. The strength of a country’s democracy can often be measured by the strength of its civil... Read More
May 10, 2021
In every country, building governments that are reflective of and trusted by citizens starts with good legislation. But responding to the public’s needs is easier said than done. Having the will to pass citizen-centric legislation is key, but it means little if there is no mechanism for... Read More
May 10, 2021
Last October, a year following a four-percent metro price hike that sparked mass protests, Chileans gathered at polling... Read More
May 07, 2021
In November 2021, Nicaraguans will head to the polls to decide the Presidency in their first general election since the April 2018 protests. Despite mounting pressure for meaningful electoral reform from citizens, opposition leaders, and international actors, electoral reforms recently approved by... Read More
May 07, 2021
The role citizens play in transforming societies during significant, critical junctures, are analyzed, debated, and studied years later and accordingly, have a coveted space in the annals of history. When historians think back on the COVID-19 pandemic, they will surely include an assessment of the... Read More