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English, National/National politics/National assembly, 1 season, 36 episodes, 21 hours, 32 minutes
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Democracy IDEAs is brought to you by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA). Our podcasts share analyses, data, and insights from experts worldwide to help you understand the challenges of democracy in times of crisis. Find more information to empower you on decision-making processes at www.idea.int
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Expert talks on Money in Politics: Why does political finance matter?

Money – both received and spent – is part of the normal workings of democratic life. It enables political participation and representation. Money helps spread the voices and ideas that are the basis for democratic politics.  It is nonetheless clear that money is capable of inflicting significant distortions on the democratic processes. As we conclude six months into the super-electoral year, the issue of political finance has come to the fore quite prominently in many of the elections that have taken place.International IDEA´s Programme Manager for Money in Politics (MiP) Yukihiko Hamada speaks to Magnus Öhman, Senior Political Finance Adviser at International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) to discuss the critical role of money in politics and unravel the complexities and challenges related to political finance. Guest: Dr Magnus Öhman, Director, Regional Europe Office, and Senior Political Finance Adviser ([email protected]) Background Readings: https://www.idea.int/publications/catalogue/political-finance-reforms-how-respond-todays-policy-challengeshttps://www.idea.int/publications/catalogue/funding-political-parties-and-election-campaigns-handbook-political-financehttps://www.idea.int/sites/default/files/publications/digital-solutions-for-political-finance-reporting-and-disclosure-a-practical-guide.pdf
6/18/202427 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Elections and Disinformation

“What happens when suddenly people attack the integrity of the electoral process? Well, you actually need to have knowledge then because otherwise you are defenseless.  If you know how elections work and how in many countries it's technically almost impossible to rig the election, then you will be protected against disinformation.”International IDEA's Head of Communications Alistair Scrutton talks to Alberto Fernandez Gibaja, Head Digitalization and Democracy about all issues related to misinformation, disinformation and the likes of AI in relation to the 2024 Election Super-Cycle. 
4/24/202439 minutes
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Taiwan: China's misinformation campaigns have become more subtle

International IDEA’s Anna Dziedzic spoke to Dr Yu Jie Chen to hear her reflections on the 2024 Taiwanese elections. They discuss the implications of the new status quo – in which neither of the two major parties hold a majority of legislature seats – and the increasingly sophisticated ways that Beijing seeks to influence Taiwan’s elections. Dr Yu Jie Chen is an Assistant Research Professor at Academia Sinica in Taiwan and an Affiliated scholar of the US-Asia Law Institute of New York University School of Law.
3/25/202427 minutes, 45 seconds
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Daniel Zovatto: “Hay que repensar la democracia”

Kevin Casas-Zamora, secretario general de IDEA Internacional y Daniel Zovatto, el director regional de IDEA Internacional en América Latina y el Caribe conversan sobre la evolución de la democracia en la región, los retos de la democracia y cuál debería ser la proyección de IDEA Internacional hacia el futuro. Daniel Zovatto ha sido durante 26 años el director de IDEA Internacional en América Latina. En enero de 2024, será sustituido por Marcela Ríos Tobar. Este podcast es una conversación entre amigos, y expertos que ahondan en innovación política, y es también una despedida llena de gratitud a Zovatto por sus valiosísimos servicios para el Instituto y para el avance de los valores humanos y la cultura política.
12/13/202349 minutes, 49 seconds
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Thailand: A decade of struggling for the return to democracy

The 'Global State of Democracy 2023 Report – The New Checks and Balances' highlighted that there are trends of contraction around the world, but also bright spots of hope. A day after International IDEA’s #GSoD2023 Global Launch event, Marcus Brand, Head of International IDEA’s Myanmar Programme talked to Kunthida Rungruengkiat, Director of the Progressive Movement Foundation about the state of democracy in Thailand.Is Thailand an example of contracting democracy? Is it even a democratic system? And what are the lessons of the past 10 years of struggling for the return to democracy?Guest: Kunthida Rungruengkiat, Director of the Progressive Movement FoundationHost: Marcus Brand, Head of International IDEA’s Myanmar Programme
11/20/202331 minutes, 28 seconds
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Legitimult: Making democracy crisis-proof

Drawing from the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic the LEGITIMULT (Legitimate Crisis Governance in Multilevel Systems) project  aims to identify a model of political legitimate crisis governance that takes into account the interplay between international, national, regional and local governments and institutions.Its guiding research question “Which conditions contribute to democratically legitimate crisis governance?” will allow governments and policy makers to better face the crises of the future. The aim is not only to have effective responses, but that these measures respect and guarantee basic human rights and freedoms.  This is the first of a three-episode series featuring LEGITIMULT, its findings and tools for addressing and solving future crises. LEGITIMULT is funded through Horizon Europe and the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). Host: Miguel Angel Lara Otaola. Senior Advisor for Democracy Assessment at International IDEA. Guests:Eva Maria Belser – Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law and Co-Director of the Institute of Federalism, University of Fribourg. Francesco Palermo- Professor of Comparative Public Law and Director of the Institute for Comparative Federalism at EURAC Lucia Radici- Project Manager for Legitimult at EURAC 
10/25/202339 minutes
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Claroscuros de la democracia en América Latina

Hace 45 años de que la tercera ola de la democracia bañara las costas de América Latina. Se perciben grandes avances, y hoy las elecciones competitivas son la regla en la región, a excepción de Cuba, Nicaragua y Venezuela. Sin embargo, la última década ha traído un descontento generalizado con la democracia, que en ocasiones da paso a que triunfe el canto de sirenas del populismo autoritario. Este podcast explica cuáles son los retos de la democracia en la región y qué podemos hacer como ciudadanos para defender la democracia y las libertades que tanto nos costó conseguir.Yasnaya Guibert, oficial de Comunicaciones en IDEA Internacional y Miguel Ángel Lara Otaola, oficial de programa sénior en la unidad de Evaluación de la democracia, conversan sobre la democracia en América Latina y el Caribe.
10/2/202326 minutes, 26 seconds
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Artificial intelligence and democracy

The prevailing view is that with primarily human-generated content, democracy has suffered widespread erosion due to the proliferation of misinformation and the manipulation of specific narratives that enhance polarization. To what extent can the growth of massive content creation thanks to artificial intelligence (AI) deepen democracy erosion? What tools are at our disposal to protect democracy from AI threats? International IDEA's Communications Officer, Yasnaya Guibert, talks to Alberto Fernandez, Senior Advisor on Digitalization and Democracy of International IDEA about AI and democracy, from the basic concepts to creative proposals like a global constitutional AI.Background reading: https://www.idea.int/es/news-media/news/es/chatgpt-y-democracia
8/24/202341 minutes, 42 seconds
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Martin Wolf: The Crisis of Democratic Capitalism

A conversation between International IDEA's Secretary-General, Kevin Casas-Zamora and Martin Wolf, the author of the recently published book The Crisis of Democratic Capitalism.Martin Wolf is chief economics commentator at the Financial Times, and one of the world’s most respected journalists, with his columns read eagerly by policymakers and the public around the world. He was awarded the Commander of the British Empire in 2000 “for services to financial journalism”. His latest book The Crisis of Democratic Capitalism was published this year to widespread acclaim and touches upon many issues at the heart of what we do at International IDEA.Guest:·       Martin Wolf, British journalist and writer.
7/28/202345 minutes, 42 seconds
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Elections during Times of Crisis

In this joint International IDEA and Electoral Integrity Project episode on ‘Elections during Times of Crisis’, Therese Pearce-Laanela speaks with the authors of a new book ‘Elections during Emergencies and Crises: Lessons for Electoral Integrity from the Covid-19 Pandemic’. Guests: Toby S. James, Professor of Politics and Public Policy, the University of East Anglia, UK. Alistair Clark, Professor in Politics, the University of Newcastle, UK. Erik Asplund, Senior Programme Officer, Electoral Processes Programme, International IDEA.Host: Therese Pearce-Laanela Background Reading: Elections during Emergencies and crises: lessons for electoral integrity from the covid-19 pandemic 
7/21/202345 minutes, 55 seconds
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Chile’s constitution-building process

The ongoing 2023 constitution-building process in Chile, and its relationship with the failed 2021-2022 constitution-building process.GuestsIsabel Aninat: Dean of the Law School, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, and member of International IDEA´s Board of AdvisorsJavier Couso: Public Law Professor, Universidad Diego Portales, and Utrecht UniversityBackground Reading: https://constitutionnet.org/country/constitutional-history-chile
6/9/202331 minutes, 47 seconds
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Afghanistan, the Taliban and their stance on constitutions and laws

A conversation between International IDEA's Head of Communications and Knowledge Management, Alistair Scrutton and the authors of the recently published report "The Constitution and Laws of the Taliban 1994-2001: Hints from the Past and Options for the Future", M. Bashir Mobasher, Shamshad Pasarlay and Mohammad Qadam Shah.Guests:M. Bashir Mobasher, postdoctoral fellow at the American University’s Department of SociologyShamshad Pasarlay is a visiting lecturer at the University of Chicago Law SchoolMohammad Qadam Shah, Assistant Professor of Global Development at the Seattle Pacific University School of Business, Government, and EconomicsRead the report: https://doi.org/10.31752/idea.2022.54
6/1/202347 minutes, 31 seconds
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Nothing for us without us - Alison Anitawaru Cole on the unique climate change response in Aotearoa NZ

Alison Anitawaru Cole, a lawyer in Aotearoa New Zealand, talks to International IDEA's Regional Communications Officer for the Asia and the Pacific, Billie Phillips, about the unique legal and constitutional responses to climate change in New Zealand and the influence of Māori perspectives on environmentalism and representation. Guest: Alison Anitawaru Cole - Kaiwhakahaere Matua Māori General Manager at the Climate Change Commission (New Zealand)Background Reading: COP26 delegate: Treaty of Waitangi offers indigenous rights precedent
5/3/202347 minutes, 32 seconds
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Lowering the voting age – should young people head to the polls?

Calls to enfranchise people as young as sixteen are growing around the world, with some countries already adjusting the vote to align with the national age of employment, taxation, and military service. In Australia, common consensus is lagging but some experts believe it is only a matter of time. From the sidelines of the Australian National University’s APSA conference, Billie Phillips spoke to Professor Lisa Hill about the growing movement.Guest: Professor Lisa Hill, University of Adelaide
3/28/202335 minutes, 35 seconds
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A Survival Guide for Democracy… and the Planet: with author and sustainability analyst Owen Gaffney

Owen Gaffney talks to International IDEA's Head of Communications, Alistair Scrutton about  climate change, sustainability and the future of our planet, joining a lot of dotted lines between politics, technology and science. Owen Gaffney is a writer, editor, and global sustainability analyst, co-author of the recently-published Earth For All: A Survival Guide for Humanity. He has formerly worked for the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, and has advised on BBC and Netflix series including EarthShot (2021) and Our Planet. As well as academic publications, he writes and edits articles, features, and speeches, and has produced for TED, World Economic Forum, and WWF.Recommended reading:Earth For All: A Survival Guide for HumanityBreaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet
2/21/202333 minutes, 22 seconds
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Where is democracy heading in Latin America?

The storming of Brazil’s Congress and Supreme Court as well as the deadly anti-government protests in Peru underline the challenges facing democracy in Latin America. Why are the legitimacy of governments being questioned? What is behind the increasing political polarization of the region? And are their grounds anywhere for optimism? International IDEA's Head of Communications and Knowledge Management, Alistair Scrutton , talks to Kevin Casas Zamora, Secretary General of International IDEA.
1/24/202335 minutes, 25 seconds
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Peer to Peer: How natural disasters affected the 2010 elections in Haiti

In this episode of Peer-to-Peer, we speak with David Towriss and Atsuko Hirakawa to learn more about compounding crises, and the effect of a Richter Scale-7 earthquake on an already vulnerable Haiti, Hurricane Tomas, and a cholera outbreak in Haiti and their postponed elections in 2010. This conversation is based on International IDEA’s case study but also Atsuko’s experience and knowledge on how Haiti’s election administrators implemented their 2016 elections after Hurricane Matthew.  Guests: David Towriss was previously a Research Assistant in the Electoral Processes Team at International IDEA and is currently an Associate Programme Officer at the Democracy Assessment Unit. Atsuko Hirakawa is a Programme Officer at the Democracy Assessment Unit with previous experience in governance and electoral assistance, having worked in Port-au-Prince as a technical specialist for UNDP. Hosts: Heidi Park and Erik Asplund  Background Reading: The Impact of Natural Hazards on Haiti’s 2010 Presidential and Legislative Elections Democracy Tracker – Haiti Global State of Democracy Report 2022: Forging Social Contracts in a Time of Discontent How hurricanes threaten U.S. elections and why more flexible voting is needed Hurricane Matthew forces postponement of Haiti presidential elections The Impact of Natural Hazards on Elections  
1/10/202333 minutes, 11 seconds
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Peer-to-Peer: The impact of cyclones on Mozambique elections

In this episode of Peer-to-Peer, we speak to Miguel de Brito and Domingos de Rosaria about cyclones Idai and Kenneth and their impact on Mozambique’s 2019 Presidential, Legislative and Provincial elections. This was the first time in recorded history that two strong tropical cyclones hit Mozambique during the same season. This conversation is based on International IDEA’s case study on how the two cyclones devastated the country and specifically how it impacted the electoral process, as well as a discussion on how the electoral commission can be better prepared for the upcoming 2024 elections.  Guests: Miguel de Brito has been International IDEA’s Head of Programme for Mozambique since 2019 and has 20 years of experience in the field of political governance. Domingos de Rosaria is a senior lecturer at the Eduardo Mondlane University, and a senior researcher at the Centro de Estudos Urbanos de Moçambique.  HOSTS: Heidi Park and Erik Asplund GUESTS: Miguel de Brito and Domingos de Rosaria
12/22/202244 minutes, 26 seconds
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Is climate change too big a challenge for the United Nations?

12/16/202229 minutes, 1 second
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What has been the state of global democracy in 2022?

International IDEA’s Global State of Democracy 2022 Report has been published. Report Editor and International IDEA's Head of Democracy Assessment, Seema Shah, provides an overview of the findings. Democracy is in decline around the world, undermined by problems ranging from restrictions on freedom of expression to distrust in the legitimacy of elections. This decline comes as elected leaders face unprecedented challenges from Russia’s war in Ukraine, cost of living crises, a looming global recession and climate change. But Seema also finds some grounds for optimism.
11/28/202218 minutes, 54 seconds
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Peer-to-Peer: The impact of wildfires on US elections

In our first episode of the new season of Peer-to-Peer, we speak with Sarah Birch and Jeff Fischer to learn more about the effect of wildfires on elections in California. The conversation is based on an International IDEA case study that focuses on the impact of wildfires on the 2016 and 2018 electoral cycles but also on the steps taken by election administrators to protecting elections. The discussion also centres on the increased vulnerability of the United States and its election cycles to climate change effects. Guests: Sarah Birch is a professor of Political Science at King’s College London, Jeff Fischer is a Senior Fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Democracy and Civil Society as well as a consultant on election administration. Hosts: Heidi Park and Erik Asplund Background reading: Wildfires and Elections in California – Case Study Wildfires, Hurricanes, Floods and Earthquakes: How Elections are Impacted by Natural Hazards The Impact of Natural Hazards on Elections How hurricanes threaten U.S. elections and why more flexible voting is needed 
11/22/202223 minutes
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Peer-to-Peer Trailer: The impact of natural disasters on elections

This season, International IDEA will explore the effects of climate change in the form of extreme weather events, as well as other natural hazards, that cause both slow and rapid onset disasters, on the implementation of elections. Natural hazards can cause elections to be postponed, impact electoral operations, affect campaigns, and voter turnout. With evidence that climate change may cause extreme weather events to become more intense and common, election practitioners must begin to prepare contingency plans and train staff on implementing elections after a disaster. Through interviews with academics and practitioners, we will explore different cases where a country was affected by a natural hazard with an election in the horizon that needed to be implemented. Throughout this season, we will explore and consider various questions on how to protect the integrity of elections and continuation of the democratic process after a crisis. What are the common challenges faced by electoral management bodies after the wake of a disaster? How did practitioners adapt to ensure that citizens could vote safely? What type of legal measures and special voting arrangements were put into place to ensure that those who were displaced could send in their ballots? What type of assistance is necessary for protecting the integrity of elections before, during and after a crisis?  To find more information, please visit our page on natural hazards and elections that includes our dashboard and longer case studies: https://www.idea.int/news-media/multimedia-reports/impact-natural-hazards-elections  As well as a feature article that investigates the different ways natural hazards are impacting elections: https://www.idea.int/news-media/news/wildfires-hurricanes-floods-and-earthquakes-how-elections-are-impacted-natural 
11/8/20226 minutes, 8 seconds
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Battling climate change with the rule of law

Across Africa, civil society is using the courts to protect the environment from governments and companies. It is part of a wider campaign for climate justice in the continent that has brought together both elder and younger generations as well as social media. Lawyer and activist Lindlyn Moma has first-hand experience of the transformation happening on the ground.Guest: Lindlyn Moma, Human Rights Lawyer and Environmental Activist
6/9/202236 minutes, 2 seconds
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How Australia’s EMBs train their electoral officials and educate their youth

Against a background of deteriorating informational environments, falling trust in state institutions and growing electoral result disputation, electoral processes and those who administer them are increasingly being placed under the microscope. Ensuring that the integrity of elections withstand such scrutiny and that voters remain informed and engaged falls largely to election trainers and educators, and it is their vital work that is the focus of the first series of Peer-to-Peer, International IDEA’s new elections podcast. Through interviews with electoral trainers and educators from around the world, the first series explores how different election commissions tackle the thorny issues affecting their field. How can thousands of temporary poll workers be prepared for election day operations in a short space of time? How can election training be delivered during a pandemic? How can voters be motivated to cast their ballot?In the first 2022 episode of Peer-to-Peer podcast, hosts Erik Asplund and David Towriss examine how election education and training is conducted under Australia’s federal electoral management system. Their guides are Belinda Bennet, Director of the Australian Electoral Commission’s National Training and Education Unit, and Andrew Hawkey, Electoral Commissioner at the Tasmanian Electoral Commission. From Belinda and Andrew we hear how Australia’s federal and state electoral management bodies work together to share innovations and best practice, the importance they place on training and developing their permanent staff and how they engage young voters of tomorrow.National Training and Education Unit - Australian Electoral Commission National Electoral Education Centre - Australian Electoral Commission Running Local Elections During the COVID-19 Crisis: Queensland, Australia
1/28/202250 minutes, 30 seconds
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Nigeria’s 2020 Gubernatorial Elections – Conducting electoral training during the Covid-19 pandemic

Against a background of deteriorating informational environments, falling trust in state institutions and growing electoral result disputation, electoral processes and those who administer them are increasingly being placed under the microscope. Ensuring that the integrity of elections withstand such scrutiny and that voters remain informed and engaged falls largely to election trainers and educators, and it is their vital work that is the focus of the first series of Peer-to-Peer, International IDEA’s new elections podcast. Through interviews with electoral trainers and educators from around the world, the first series explores how different election commissions tackle the thorny issues affecting their field. How can thousands of temporary poll workers be prepared for election day operations in a short space of time? How can election training be delivered during a pandemic? How can voters be motivated to cast their ballot? In episode #4 of Peer-to-Peer we take a deep dive into electoral training in Nigeria during the Covid-19 pandemic. With Ibrahim Sani, Director of Research at the Independent National Election Commission of Nigeria (INEC), David Towriss discusses the issues INEC had to address when early in the pandemic it prepared for gubernatorial elections in two of its states. What new responsibilities would poll workers have to assume? What changes would have to be made to the training curricula? How would the delivery of training have to change?Ibrahim explains how INEC answered these questions and shares its experience of implementing those solutions.   Nigerian State Elections during the Covid-19 Pandemic: https://www.idea.int/sites/default/files/nigerian-state-elections-during-the-covid-19-pandemic-en.pdf Electoral Training and Education: The Case of the Electoral Institute in Nigeria: https://www.idea.int/sites/default/files/multimedia_reports/electoral-training-and-education-the-case-of-the-electoral-institute-in-nigeria-case-en.pdf 
12/7/202135 minutes, 26 seconds
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UK 2021 Local Elections – The role of the Association of Electoral Administrators

Against a background of deteriorating informational environments, falling trust in state institutions and growing electoral result disputation, electoral processes and those who administer them are increasingly being placed under the microscope. Ensuring that the integrity of elections withstand such scrutiny and that voters remain informed and engaged falls largely to election trainers and educators, and it is their vital work that is the focus of the first series of Peer-to-Peer, International IDEA’s new elections podcast. Through interviews with electoral trainers and educators from around the world, the first series explores how different election commissions tackle the thorny issues affecting their field. How can thousands of temporary poll workers be prepared for election day operations in a short space of time? How can election training be delivered during a pandemic? How can voters be motivated to cast their ballot?  At Peer-to-Peer episode #3, Erik Asplund and David Towriss explore the pioneering electoral training education carried out by the Association of Electoral Administrators within UK’s decentralized system of election administration. In conversation with the Association’s Chief Executive Peter Stanyon, they learn how this independent, membership-based organization provides training support to the electoral officers at the heart of UK electoral administration and how their professional electoral administration qualification has become a staple across the country. Peter also reflects on the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic had upon the Association’s training delivery in the lead up to the UK’s local elections in May 2021.               More information on the Association of Electoral Administrators: https://www.aea-elections.co.uk/
11/8/202138 minutes, 56 seconds
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Moldova 2021 Parliamentary Elections – The role of the Center for Continuous Electoral Training

Against a background of deteriorating informational environments, falling trust in state institutions and growing electoral result disputation, electoral processes and those who administer them are increasingly being placed under the microscope. Ensuring that the integrity of elections withstand such scrutiny and that voters remain informed and engaged falls largely to election trainers and educators, and it is their vital work that is the focus of the first series of Peer-to-Peer, International IDEA’s new elections podcast.Through interviews with electoral trainers and educators from around the world, the first series explores how different election commissions tackle the thorny issues affecting their field. How can thousands of temporary poll workers be prepared for election day operations in a short space of time? How can election training be delivered during a pandemic? How can voters be motivated to cast their ballot? In episode #2 of Peer-to-Peer, Erik Asplund and David Towriss are guided through electoral education and training in Moldova by the Director of the Centre for Continuous Electoral Training, Doina Bordeianu and her predecessor in that role, Natalia Iuras. Doina and Natalia talk about the growing importance of e-learning and what they have done to overcome the interactive challenges that this form of training delivery poses. They also share some of the innovative civic education programmes that the Centre has developed ahead of the 2021 Parliamentary elections and explain why this part of it’s mandate is so important.       
10/18/202144 minutes, 1 second
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Peru 2021 General Elections - Training the frontlines and informing the public

Against a background of deteriorating informational environments, falling trust in state institutions and growing electoral result disputation, electoral processes and those who administer them are increasingly being placed under the microscope. Ensuring that the integrity of elections withstand such scrutiny and that voters remain informed and engaged falls largely to election trainers and educators, and it is their vital work that is the focus of Peer-to-Peer, International IDEA’s new elections podcast series. Through interviews with electoral trainers and educators from around the world, the series explores how different election commissions tackle the thorny issues affecting their field. How can thousands of temporary poll workers be prepared for election day operations in a short space of time? How can election training be delivered during a pandemic? How can voters be motivated to cast their ballot?In episode #1 of Peer-to-Peer, Erik Asplund and David Towriss spoke to Maria Pilar Biggio Pastor about her work as the Training and Education Manager in Peru’s National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE). Their conversation took place shortly after the conclusion of Peru’s 2021 general elections and Maria shared her insights into how ONPE dealt with the challenges posed by a large temporary work force of over half a million, a linguistically diverse electorate and a high national Covid-19 death rate.      Hosts: Erik Asplund, Programme Officer in International IDEA's Electoral Processes Programme & David Towriss, Research Assistant at International IDEAGuest: Maria Pilar Biggio Pastor, Training and Education Manager in Peru’s National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE)For more information on ONPE and in particular the Information and Electoral Education Unit please see International IDEA case study authored by María del Pilar Biggio Pastor.For more information on training, education and research in electoral administration in general please visit International IDEA project page. 
10/6/202131 minutes, 6 seconds
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What is the global status on gender equality in democracy?

Gender inequalities and marginalisation of segments of societies remain a persistent challenge in democracy building across all regions of the world. What measures have been taken to promote gender equality in democracy building processes—on political participation and representation (political parties, parliaments, local government councils), constitution building, electoral processes? What are the pros and cons of gender quotas? What is the largest challenge to gender equality globally?The Communications Intern of International IDEA for the summer of 2021, Violet Marmur, talks to Rumbidzai Kandawasvika-Nhundu, International IDEA's Senior Advisor for Democracy and Inclusion.GUESTS: Rumbidzai Kandawasvika-Nhundu is International IDEA's Senior Advisor for Democracy and Inclusion.
8/3/202134 minutes, 27 seconds
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How will climate change impact on global democracy?

Climate change is the existential issue of our time. How will it affect how democracies function? Are democracies well placed to deal with the long term challenges presented by rising world temperatures? What will be the impact of climate change on regional security and conflict?HOST: Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General of International IDEAGUEST:  Andrew Gilmour, Executive Director of the Berghof Foundation
3/15/202140 minutes, 3 seconds
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How do we get more women in politics?

Across the world, women face challenges to participate in politics, from confronting hate speech to internal party obstacles and lack of subsidized maternity leave. What are the best ways to increase women’s participation in elections and within party politics? What has been the influence of the #MeToo movement?  Is it just about increasing the numbers of women in parliament?Host: Laura Thornton, International IDEA’s Head of Global ProgramsGuest: Birgitta Ohlsson, Sweden’s former EU and Democracy Minister and currently head of National Democratic Institute's program for political parties in Washington
3/3/202140 minutes, 28 seconds
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A glimpse into the future of international election observation

Similar to elections and other democratic processes, the global COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impact on international election observation. In this podcast we discuss the changing nature of international election observation during and beyond the pandemic. Will election observation ever go back to the old normal? How was election observation changing even before the pandemic struck? Is the pandemic changing radically what was done or simply accelerating changes that were already underway?Host: Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General of International IDEA Guests: Gerardo de Icaza, Director of the Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation, Organisation of American StatesPatrick Costello, Head Of Global 3 Division, Democracy and Electoral Observation, European External Action Service
10/8/20201 hour, 44 seconds
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Elections and pandemics: the case of Ebola

Mark McDowell, International IDEA's Country Director in Myanmar talks to Parvinder Singh, Senior Programme Manager - Elections at International IDEA Myanmar about his experience providing technical advice to the National Election Commission of Liberia during the elections of 2014, in the shadow of the nation's Ebola pandemic.  Host: Mark McDowell, International IDEA's Myanmar Country Director
7/28/202025 minutes, 30 seconds
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"I do not see Hong Kong people backing down."

International IDEA’s Director for Asia and the Pacific Leena Rikkila Tamang spoke with lawyer Janet Pang about Hong Kong’s innovative protest methods in times of COVID-19 and about preparations for the September legislative council elections. This podcast was recorded on the eve of China’s legislature passing the security law to cover Hong Kong.
7/23/202036 minutes, 10 seconds
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COVID-19 and the diagnosis for democracy

Has the coronavirus, aside from having severe consequences for public health and the economy, also been detrimental for democracy? And if so, should we expect passing side effects or permanent damage? In this podcast Dr Staffan I. Lindberg, the Director and Principal Investigator for Varieties of Democracy Institute at the University of Gothenburg and Dr Kevin Casas-Zamora, the Secretary-General of International IDEA, are discussing, deliberating and debating about the short and long-term effects of the coronavirus on democracy. Host: Adina Trunk, Special Adviser to International IDEA's Secretary-General
7/9/202036 minutes, 19 seconds
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Lawmaking in times of COVID-19

International IDEA’s Director of Global Programs Laura Thornton talks to Justin Wein, chief of staff of U.S. Congressman David Price about ways in which their office has adapted in the COVID-19 environment. How have they conducted outreach, adjusted their communications strategy, managed casework, and participated in legislative activities and committee meetings? Host: Laura Thornton, Director of Global Programs at International IDEA
7/9/202022 minutes, 33 seconds