ISBN 9788130907987,Promoting Democracy in Postconflict Societies

Promoting Democracy in Postconflict Societies



Lynne Rienner Publishers

Publication Year 2008

ISBN 9788130907987

ISBN-10 8130907984


Number of Pages 344 Pages
Language (English)

Literature fiction

Few would dispute the importance of donating funds and expertise to conflict-ridden societies but such aid, however well meant, often fails to have the intended effect. This study critically evaluates international democratization assistance in postconflict societies to discern what has worked, what has not, and how aid programs can be designed to have a more positive impact.

The authors offer a unique recipient perspective as they explore three dimensions of democracy promotion: elections, free media, and human rights. Drawing on the experiences of Afghanistan, Cambodia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Uganda, they suggest concrete ways in which the international community can better foster democratization in the wake of conflict.

Table of Contents
Jeroen de Zeeuw is senior research associate in the Conflict Research Unit at the Clingendael Institute of International Relations in the Netherlands.

Krishna Kumar is senior social scientist with the United States Agency for International Development.

Table of Contents
Democracy Assistance to Post conflict Societies
Part 1 Elections and Political Parties
International Support to "No-Party" Democracy in Uganda
Electoral Assistance and Democratic Transition in Ethiopia
Fostering Multi party Politics in Mozambique
Part 2 Human Rights
Strengthening Human Rights in Guatemala
Human Rights Challenges in Post conflict Cambodia
Human Rights Assistance to Sierra Leone
Transitional Justice in Sierra Leone
Part 3 Media
Media Assistance to Post genocide Rwanda
Promoting Independent Media in El Salvador
Building a Community Radio Network in Afghanistan
Part 4 Conclusion
Findings and Recommendations