Featured Speakers: Jaime Ordonez, Observatory for Democracy in Central America, Olav Kjorven, United Nations Development Program, Adrian Torrealba-Navas, Latin-American Association of Tax Law, moderator: Diego Abente, International Forum for Democratic Studies
Finding a way to accurately report on the effectiveness of democracy has been a struggle. Many have attempted to utilize methodologies that do not comprehensively reflect the success of democracy and rule of law. In order to remedy this, The 2007 Central American Report on Legal and Institutional Governance was created. It focuses on a number of key characteristics that, when put together, provide a clear view of the value of democracy in a state.
Olav Kjorven commended the report and cited it as extremely useful for UNDP’s work. As cities expand, slums are also increasing, so the legal empowerment of the poor in urban areas is vital. The report can translate into urbanization policies, specifically in the way of reforming justice sectors, facilitating elections, and reforming public administration and economic governance.
Sponsor: International Forum for Democratic Studies and the National Endowment for Democracy
Location: 1025 F Street, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004
Date: Monday, November 5, 2007
Approximate Number of Attendees: 40
Intern Attending: Keely Foutch