The Democracy Project


Our democracy project is designed to provide training and support to three key stakeholders whose roles are critical to the strengthening of democracy in countries around the world. The project targets – the media; female candidates for elected office and political parties. The three broad goals of The Democracy Project are 1) build media capacity for news reporting; 2) Build the research and data analytics capacity of political parties for improved policy discourse; and 3) Provide research training and support for female candidates running for elected office.

The Media Program – The media has a critical role to play in a democracy. It has to keep citizens informed about the actions and inactions of government and public officials. It also plays a watchdog role in order to ensure a sense of accountability in how public office holders conduct the business of governing.

The media capacity building program focuses on equipping media practitioners with applied research and data literacy skills in order to achieve the following key objectives:

  • Improving news coverage and reporting on public policy programs from announcement to implementation to evaluation.
  • Improving news coverage and reporting on good governance indices and public opinion surveys.
  • Improving news coverage and reporting on political party manifestos.

The Political Parties Program – One of the core features of a democratic system of government is regular, honest, free and fair elections. Elections ideally enables citizens to decide who they want to govern them and how they want to be governed. Political parties have emerged as an important organizing force around which elections are contested and the lens through which many citizens make that choice. Political parties offer competing ideas and visions framed in the policies they present to citizens for consideration. The political parties’ capacity building program focuses on equipping key officials and volunteers of political parties with applied research and data literacy skills in order to achieve the following key objectives:

  • Improve and strengthen the use of evidence based research in designing public policy proposals.
  • Improve and strengthen communication with citizens on matters of public policy.
  • Support political parties in how to use information from good governance indices and public opinion surveys to frame policy ideas and dialogues.

The Program For Female Candidates – The United Nations Sustainable Goal 5 address the issue of gender equality. In particular, 5.5 states “5.5 Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making in political, economic and public life.” Our program for female candidates for office focuses on equipping female candidates for elected office with applied research and data literacy skills in order to achieve the following key objectives:

  • Improve and strengthen the use of evidence based research in designing public policy proposals particularly on issues that will help narrow and close the gender gap.
  • Improve and strengthen communication with citizens on matters of public policy with a particular focus on gender gaps.
  • Support women candidates for elected office who want to use information from good governance indices and public opinion surveys to frame policy ideas and dialogues.