Guidance Note and Tools forthcoming

Bridging the Divide

Single-authored project. Forthcoming.

Increasing political participation among youth has been a longstanding component of democracy and governance assistance. Previous programming has heavily focused on strengthening youth participation in traditional, formal processes and institutions. This has included efforts to equip young people with political leadership skills and strengthen party youth wings or other methods of party outreach to youth. This type of programming is most likely to appeal to young people who are predisposed to engage in formal processes and institutions. Research suggests that increasingly, this is at odds with the forms of participation that are most likely to appeal to the majority of young people. Bridging the divide between young people and political parties requires new strategies that recognize young people's legitimate concerns about formal institutions and the ways in which young men and women want to organize politically. It also requires political parties to meet young people where they are. In response to these emerging trends, a new NDI initiative is examining:

  • Youth disaffection and its potential implications for democracy support;

  • The contextual factors to consider in identifying strategic entry points for meaningful collaboration between young people and political institutions;

  • The types of actors best suited to serve as interlocutors between young people and political institutions; and

  • The types of interventions and/or programming that could help bridge the gap between young people and political institutions

The initiative produces new guidance that assists youth-led organizations and democracy practitioners in better bridging the gap between young people and democratic institutions.

Engaging Women in Sustaining Peace: A Guide to Best Practices

Co-authored report under guidance of Dr. Mona Lena Krook. Presented at the 74th UN General Assembly (2019)

Women’s equal participation in peacebuilding and reconciliation processes is vital for robust and just democracy and the full involvement of women is prerequisite for achieving, maintaining and promoting sustainable peace.

This publication takes a global perspective, examining women’s roles in sustaining peace in post-conflict countries in Asia, Eurasia, Latin America, and Africa. Each chapter identifies best practices for engaging women in sustainable peace and includes some challenges emerging from the lessons learned in each region.

The publication was launched at the CoD side event on: “Women for Peace: Recognizing Women’s Role in Peacebuilding”, held on the margins of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, on September 26th.

The publication was developed with the generous support from the Community’s Governing Council Member State Republic of Korea.