Through its partnership with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy and other partner organisations, the IDCR will be engaged in a series of new projects and practical activities in Ukraine, Georgia and Mozambique.
Working with WFD, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), and the UK Democratic Audit, IDCR will be working on a project to assess the quality of democracy in Ukraine. The project uses the handbook written by David Beetham, Edzia Carvalho, Todd Landman, and Stuart Weir Assessing the Quality of Democracy: A Practical Guide and supports the work of a citizen-led democracy assessment in Ukraine. The first phase of the project is a workshop for assessors in August. Professor Todd Landman will be facilitating the workshop and sharing experiences of applying the assessment framework in other countries.
At the end of August, Professor Todd Landman and Dr Tom Scotto will be working with MPs and parliamentary staff in Mozambique on the use of social science methods for policy research and the formulation of legislation. This programme of work is part of the WFD’s five year project The Westminster Consortium for Strengthening Parliaments and Democracy, which has seen IDCR engaged in Ukraine, Georgia, Lebanon, and Uganda.
Throughout the 2012-2013 academic year, IDCR will work with WFD in Georgia on assisting civil society organisations to engage more effectively with parliament.
These and other activities form the core of one thematic pillar of the IDCR’s work on strengthening democratic institutions.