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Bience Gawanas, special adviser to Namibia's minister of health and social services, said governments should move toward local engagement with those most affected by development: the people.
Christian Leffler, deputy secretary general for economic and global issues at the European External Action Service, offers insights on the road less traveled to better SDG outcomes.
What are the greatest obstacles facing democracy today? Officials from the United Nations, the Inter-Parliamentary Union and BBC Media Action offer advice on how the global development community can overcome them.
Yves Leterme, secretary-general at International IDEA, sat down with Devex to talk democracy and reflect on his hopes for the Sustainable Development Goals.
Gaining the trust of young people will be a key challenge for modern democracies working toward accountability, says Mongolia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Lundeg Purevsuren.
How can global development practitioners integrate accountability initiatives into their programming? Director of the UNDP Oslo Governance Center, Sarah Lister, talked to Devex about the importance of social accountability to ensure a functioning democracy in this #DemocracyMatters interview.
It takes courage to step up and tackle corruption as an African leader — a lesson that Joyce Banda, the former president of Malawi, knows quite well. The founder of the Joyce Banda Foundation shares her thoughts on leadership and corruption in Africa with Devex's Adva Saldinger.
Why are top donors like DfID, USAID and the World Bank investing more in elections monitoring and accountability projects that put an emphasis on improving evidence? Pippa Norris, a leading political scientist and director of the Electoral Integrity Project gives us her take in this interview for #DemocracyMatters.
Development aid has seen a massive shift in the past two decades and the private sector is at its core. Vidar Helgesen, minister and chief of staff at the Office of the Prime Minister of Norway talks to Devex for #DemocracyMatters.
Why is accountability such a vital component for well-functioning and effective democracy? Thought leaders and global development luminaries have their say in this special #DemocracyMatters interview series.
It's time for countries and international organizations to get their acts together on the Syrian refugee crisis or the situation will only get worse, Hesham Youssef, assistant secretary-general for humanitarian affairs at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, shares in this exclusive interview for #DemocracyMatters.
While accountability has made some recent strides — not least inclusion in the Sustainable Development Goals — Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström shares it's been a "tough struggle." A #DemocracyMatters exclusive.
The inclusion of accountability in the Sustainable Development Goals is proof that it's more than just a buzzword, International IDEA's Yves Leterme tells Devex in this interview.
Democracy Matters is a global conversation hosted by Devex, in partnership with International IDEA, to discuss accountability as a central element of deepening democracy. With the recent adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, attention is now shifting to their implementation, and democratic accountability is a key component of realizing this overarching framework for the next 15 years of development cooperation.
Improving accountability mechanisms deepens democracy by making it more responsive to people's needs and aspirations. It enables ordinary citizens to exert their full civil and political rights, allowing their voices to be heard. When government officials are held accountable, there's a better chance that democracy as a system delivers and responds to the needs of the people.
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Hear what the experts are saying about democracy and its role in global development.
There can be no accountability without parliaments, writes Martin Chungong, secretary general at the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
Accountability and participatory democracy are deeply tied together, writes Gwendoline Savoy, director of Market Intelligence at Scytl.
To ensure success in the Sustainable Development Goals, we need participation at all levels, writes Mosharraf Hossain.
Guatemala's new president and its international donors should ensure progress in combating sexual violence, writes Holly Burkhalter.
In the wake of violent civil conflict in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Essan Emile Ako turned to the radio to promote peace and reconciliation.
Good governance is a precondition for other dimensions of a country's development, writes Aleksander Dardeli, vice president of IREX.
Finding ways to promote democratic reform in an environment with deficient political will is crucial, writes Democracy International's Jed Ober and Michael Cowan in this guest commentary.
As we observe International Migrants Day, if we truly want to solve the Syrian refugee crisis, we need to go beyond rhetoric and deliver results, Deputy Secretary-General of the U.N. Jan Eliasson explains in an exclusive #DemocracyMatters interview.
Agenda 2030 offers opportunities for regional organization, write Eleonora Mura and Luis José Consuegra from International IDEA. Looking ahead, what primary policy recommendations can ensure these opportunities are reached?
Learn more about International IDEA's work to support sustainable democracy around the globe.
Why does democracy matter for the post-2015 development agenda? Experts talk about why peace and good governance are crucial to the well-being of societies around the globe.
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