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Background: This learning journey is part of an ongoing reflection within SDC. Its origins date back to previous learning journeys on shrinking space for civil society (2018/19), governance in fragile contexts (2017/18), as well as African authoritarian regimes (2019/20). 

Goals: Across the world we are witnessing a ‘democratic backslide’, a trend that is looking more and more like a regression towards authoritarianism. Authoritarian contexts present a challenge for development cooperation that strives for a sustainable development. This joint learning journey of the Peace, Governance and Equality Cluster engaged in a process of collaborative learning and exchanges on challenges of engagement in contexts of democratic reversals and long-standing authoritarian contexts from the angles of governance, fragility, gender equality and inclusion.

Ultimately, the overall goal of the learning journey is to highlight key considerations for an approach to development cooperation in authoritarian contexts that is transformative and effective in advancing human rights.

Events: We have started to answer these questions in our newest policy note on “Governance in authoritarian contexts” which was launched on the 2cd of July 2​020. See the video summary bellow!

We also started engaging with the divisions at a Kick-off workshop on the 7th of September 2020 to identify most relevant questions.

If you would like to participate in the Learning Journey please contact Melina Papageorgiou at melina.papageorgiou@eda.admin.ch ; Everyone is welcome! ​

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  • https://www.shareweb.ch/site/DDLGN/Thumbnails/Policy Note AuthoritarianRegimes EN.png

    Policy Note: Governance in Authoritarian Contexts

    Should one support an authoritarian regime with questionable records on elections, human rights and civil liberties? What if the aid spent in this country delivers more results in terms of efficiency than in other more democratic countries? The policy note summarises (1) the conceptual approach to understand different kinds of authoritarian regimes and trends, (2) SDC’s approaches to work in authoritarian states and contexts, (3) a collection of possible concrete entry points for programming, and (4) lessons learned for cooperation offices and HQ in Bern.

    Key Reading Document
    SDC
    2020
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  • https://www.shareweb.ch/site/DDLGN/Thumbnails/Pages from Chat_Webinar_Authoritarianism_Layouted_200820_CommIFA.jpg

    Webinar launching the Policy Note: Chat summary

    On 2 July 2020 the DDLGN network promoted its policy note in a webinar that has been attended by its members and partners around the world. This document summarizes the online chat during the launch.

    Further Reading Document
    SDC
    2020
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  • https://www.shareweb.ch/site/DDLGN/Thumbnails/Webinar_200702_Icon.jpg

    Webinar launching the Policy Note: Video summary

    On 2 July 2020 the DDLGN network promoted its policy note in a webinar that has been attended by its members and partners around the world. Video chapters: [0min37sec] Presentation of the policy note [13m15s] Peer appraisal [31m07s] Conceptual approach

    Video
    SDC
    2020
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