Stockholm, Sweden – AWEPA took part in a two-day roundtable entitled “Democracy Assistance and Results: Debates and Constructive Reflection” hosted by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA). Mr. Holger Gustaffson, former Swedish parliamentarian and Political Coordinator of the AWEPA programme Strengthening Regional Parliaments Towards Achieving the Millennium Development Goals, was also present at the roundtable. The event was a follow-up to the international conference “Democratic Governance – Can We Measure Up?” organized by the UNDP Oslo Governance Center in December 2013.
The meeting was successful in bringing together donors and international organizations engaged in the area of democracy assistance. Ownership, efficiency, results and the theory of change were some of the main topics raised. The objective of the roundtables was to empower and encourage a small group of participants from different circles and practices to reflect critically on the challenges and opportunities of applying results management approaches in the field of democracy assistance. More specifically, participants looked at how to promote learning as well as genuine partner ownership of democracy assistance programmes.
The principle of democracy assistance is that of empowering, strengthening and influencing national actors such as parliamentarians, civil society organisations and the media, as a means to enable democratic change.
Following the roundtable, AWEPA staff met with the Secretary of the Swedish AWEPA Section, Mr. Pär Granstedt.