Regulating Political Party Financing: Some Insights from the Praxis

2014-03-21

209733.jpgNIMD, IDEA (2012)

This publication is a summary of the proceedings that took place at the conference: “The legal framework governing political parties: the Case of Party Financing” held on 10-12 July, 2012 in Tanzania by the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) in partnership with the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) and the Tanzania Centre for Democracy (TCD). The conference provided a unique forum for NIMD, International IDEA and their partners, the political parties, to revisit the question of party financing as an important reform question that many democracies are dealing with. During this conference, participants re-evaluated the question of money in politics, shared experiences on and interrogated the various models of party financing and identified best practices with respect to how party financing can best be regulated and implemented. This report presents the key issues that were discussed, questions that were raised and conclusions and lessons that were drawn. The country case studies from Burundi, Malawi, Uganda, Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania that enriched the discussions, are also included in proposed publication.

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Encouraging the Formation of Policies and Informed Voting

2014-03-21

638electoral.jpgNIMD (2012)

In its work on party development, the NIMD is putting an emphasis on policy development capacities. Alongside strategic planning and its follow-up activities, the NIMD encourages political parties to come up with practical, actionable and specific, concrete solutions to existing issues. On the other hand, the NIMD supports a wide distribution of these solutions so that voters can access and understand them and thereby factor these ideas of political parties into their voting decisions.

To these ends, in the run-up to the parliamentary elections of October 01 2011, which would prove to be a milestone in Georgia’s democratic evolution, the NIMD created the informational web portal: www.partiebi.ge. The NIMD offered the Georgian political parties to respond to 21 questions that NIMD thought were relevant and important. The website enables interested public to read policy programs of major political parties and compare them with each other. It is available in Armenian, Azerbaijani, English and Georgian.

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Policy Development in Georgian Political Parties and NGOs

2014-03-21

55140113.jpgNIMD, Geowell (2012)

This publication reflects research methods, approaches and traditions guiding the policy formation in Georgian political parties. The nature of the process, in which political parties shape their ideas into programs, has a considerable impact on the functioning of nation’s political system. Intra-party discussions, research, systems of planning and analysis, monitoring and evaluation of policies or, their absence, have strong influence on the workings of individual political parties as well as national politics.

This research assesses several dimensions of policy formation. First and foremost, NIMD is interested in the intra-party mechanisms (if any) for developing political programs, the extent to which policy formation is institutionalized, democratic and effective and when this is not the  case, we tried to see as to what are the obstacles that need to be overcome. This research also looks at the capacities that exist in Georgia’s non-profit, research sector to aid political parties in this work and the methods and resources that are being used in communicating policy ideas to the public.

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Democracy Schools in Georgia

2014-03-21

2544nimd_dem.jpgNIMD (2011)

Proposed brochure is designed to illustrate how the Democracy Schools work in Georgia and provides with the information about its learning system and program structure.

Democracy Education Program by the NIMD is developed to strengthen the demand for democracy at a grassroots level, both qualitatively and quantitatively. Georgia as a transitional democracy is undergoing substantial institutional shifts. However, increasing the quantity of participation and the quality of public discourse is another major milestone towards consolidated democratic governance. Democracy Education Program is primarily focused on the latter objective.

On the one hand, the brochure provides with the information about learning program curriculum, designed by the prominent group of experts, to provide relevant knowledge and skills for effective civic participation in the regions and on the other hand, contains information about what are other opportunities the NIMD Democracy School gives to the students.

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Institutional Development of Political Parties

2014-03-21

3169political party.jpgNIMD (2011)

The objective of the NIMD Political Party Assistance Programme (PPA) are guided by the principle that a democracy that a democracy requires strong and sustainable political parties with the capacity to present citizens and provide viable policy choices.

The Brochure is entirely tailored to the strategic Planning Programme - attempts to explain rationale of the program implementation in Georgia. The brochure aims reader to equip with basics of Strategic Planning methodology which NIMD employs and has exercised for seven political parties in Georgia. Publication provides with schematic information of Programme Implementation Process by the NIMD and eight steps of strategic Planning Process, carried out by carefully selected pool of facilitators. Authors define what is unique feature of Strategic Planning Programme and why does it carry significant international importance. Feedbacks from Political party leaders are represented in the brochure as well.

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Intra-party Democracy and Local Self-governance

2014-03-21

1123policy1.jpgMedea Badashvili & Tamar Bagratia, David Jijelava, Irakli Khmaladze (2011)

The papers look at key aspects of intra-party democracy and local governance and address issues important to Georgia’s democratic development.  The lack of democracy and transparency in and of political parties as an important inhibition to party’s efficiency and effectiveness and being in opposition to the general principles of democracy. Parties that are not democratic themselves cannot build democracy for the state. Therefore, NIMD emphasizes the importance of an intra-party democracy in Georgian political parties.

Publication discusses the participation of young people and women in Georgian political parties. The paper by Tamar Bagratia and Medea Badashvili, assesses party statutes and organizations, external partnerships and decision-making patterns from gender perspective and looks at the positions of women in political parties as well. David Jijelava analyses the role young people play in political parties. The papers look at key aspects of intra-party democracy and local governance and address issues important to Georgia’s democratic development.

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