IDCR Director Professor Todd Landman and Dr Dorothea Farquhar provided training yesterday for over 130 staff members of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), a 27-member state inter-governmental organisation that works to support democracy building worldwide.
The training included sessions on stylised facts about democracy, development, and human rights in the world; definitions and models of democracy; measuring democracy; institutional design and democratic performance; and assessing the quality of democracy. The assessment framework was published in 2008 and was co-authored by David Beetham, Stuart Weir, Todd Landman, and Edzia Carvalho.
IDEA staff have come from all over the world for 5 days of activities in Stockholm. In particular, the IDCR team was keen to meet with the IDEA Nepal office, which has been working on the new constitution for post-conflict Nepal. The IDCR and The Mountain Trust, a Cambridge-based NGO working on projects in Nepal will send an intern from the Department of Government at the University of Essex this summer to work in the IDEA office.
Other staff have come from South Africa, South Sudan, Tunisia, Egypt, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Australia, and Kenya.