12 episodes

Democracy! The Podcast offers listeners a close-up look at some of the most perplexing challenges facing the vitality of democracy around the world.

Move beyond armchair activist, or news junkie, and gain a real understanding for the fight to defend democracy around the world. Hear how teams, from the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, International Republican Institute, and the National Democratic Institute, that make up the consortium called "CEPPS," tackle debilitating threats like corruption, disinformation, rising authoritarianism, dictatorships, economic disasters, and failed governments, and learn how you, too, can join the fight for democracy. This work is conducted through the Global Elections and Political Transitions award, in partnership and funding from USAID.

Join the most experienced experts in the field as they explain how they help citizens tackle real-life problems and move their countries toward a more democratic process for all, while standing up for those who suffer discrimination, punishment, persecution, or are simply excluded from their own nation's political processes. These are their first-hand stories from the front lines.

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Democracy! The Podcast CEPPS Advisor Adrienne Ross, Fmr Deputy Asst Secretary Strategic Communications, US Dept of State, Journalist

    • Government
    • 5.0 • 26 Ratings

Democracy! The Podcast offers listeners a close-up look at some of the most perplexing challenges facing the vitality of democracy around the world.

Move beyond armchair activist, or news junkie, and gain a real understanding for the fight to defend democracy around the world. Hear how teams, from the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, International Republican Institute, and the National Democratic Institute, that make up the consortium called "CEPPS," tackle debilitating threats like corruption, disinformation, rising authoritarianism, dictatorships, economic disasters, and failed governments, and learn how you, too, can join the fight for democracy. This work is conducted through the Global Elections and Political Transitions award, in partnership and funding from USAID.

Join the most experienced experts in the field as they explain how they help citizens tackle real-life problems and move their countries toward a more democratic process for all, while standing up for those who suffer discrimination, punishment, persecution, or are simply excluded from their own nation's political processes. These are their first-hand stories from the front lines.

This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy

    Democracy! The Podcast is Back for Season 2!

    Democracy! The Podcast is Back for Season 2!

    Welcome back to Democracy! The Podcast, brought to you by the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening, direct from Washington, D.C., with funding and support from the United States Agency for International Development.
    Very soon, season two of Democracy! The Podcast will launch. It’s been almost a whole year since the end of season one, and in that time, democracy has taken a tumultuous turn in many nations.
    While we learned in season one that democracy is always a work in progress, some, like President Biden, warn that the threat to democracy has never before been so grave.
    “Over the last 30 years, the forces of autocracy have revived all across the globe. Its hallmarks are familiar ones: contempt for the rule of law, contempt for democratic freedom, contempt for the truth itself.”
    In our time, we’ve witnessed rising autocracies and repressive governments cracking down in new, sophisticated, and, frankly, dangerous ways. They’ve been busy muzzling journalists, blasting disinformation, and of course, the world witnessed, in real-time, as war was waged on a sovereign nation in eastern Europe.
    “Today, Russia has strangled democracy; has sought to do so elsewhere, not only in its homeland.”
    But despite all of this, at the United States Agency for International Development, Administrator Samantha Power says there are places where democracy is gaining a fragile foothold:
    “We must cement progress in democratic bright spots that are out there right now, right now.”
    So, where are these so-called bright spots, and what can we learn from their triumphs over tyranny?
    Join me, Adrienne Ross, for Democracy! The Podcast, as we head back out on the road for a front seat to history. Gain a stronger understanding of how a consortium, made up of the three leading US development organizations, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, the International Republican Institute, and the National Democratic Institute, comes together to support citizens of emerging democracies all over the world.
    “Help people fight digital authoritarianism and shine a light on the oligarchs and autocrats who hide their ill-gotten gains in dark corners.”
    Get the unfiltered story from the most skilled democracy experts in the field and find out how side by side with citizens, they tackle the world’s most egregious threats to peace and prosperity.
    “Every day, we see courageous people, many of them living in the most oppressive regimes on earth, taking unbelievable risks to protest for their freedom.
    Citizens from nations like Malawi, Moldova, and the Maldives will awe you with their courage.
    Democracy experts will explain why it’s crucial we lend a hand to those who rise against tyranny. We’ll also go in-depth on the war in Ukraine and hear from leaders like President Zelenskyy:
    “Strong doesn't mean weak. strong is brave and ready to fight for the rights of its citizens and citizens of the world.”
    From Armenia to Zambia, we’ll examine how some countries have transformed from darkness to “bright spots”. And ask how a nation like Honduras broke through the confines of Covid-19 to deliver successful elections.
    We will chase inspirational stories from the Pacific Islands to the Dominican Republic, to Nepal, and Tanzania. And hear from world leaders as we look at the quest for liberty and justice for all in Guatemala, Ecuador, and Brazil.
    “A dictator bent on rebuilding an empire will never erase a people’s love for liberty. Brutality will never grind down their will to be free.”
    You and I will be reminded that we have the power to stand up for those struggling against punishment and persecution. And hear, once again, the call for freedom many have echoed for decades, including President Reagan:
    “For the sake of peace and justice, let us move toward a world in which all people are at

    • 5 min
    Democratic Resilience

    Democratic Resilience

    “If you don't give people dignity, you don't create a system that leads to better health, education, peace, security outcomes. And it's not the world that free peoples want to live in. So, democracy matters. It's hard, but it, for all its faults, in all its deficiencies, it works in all its messiness.” The Honorable Derek Mitchell, Ambassador and President, The National Democratic Institute.
    Key Links
    https://thehill.com/opinion/international/542071-sustainable-pandemic-recovery-depends-on-building-back-democratically (More from Ambassador Mitchell: Sustainable pandemic recovery depends on building back democratically)
    https://www.ifes.org/publications/overcoming-challenges-democracy-and-governance-programs-post-conflict-countries (IFES: Overcoming Challenges to Democracy and Governance Programs in Post-Conflict Countries)
    https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/08.16.2021_-_USG_Sudan_Complex_Emergency_Fact_Sheet_4.pdf (USAID Emergency Fact Sheet on Sudan)
    https://www.usaid.gov/news-information/press-releases/oct-25-2021-statement-administrator-power-military-takeover-sudan (USAID Statement: Administrator Samantha Power on Military Takeover in Sudan)

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    At the heart of democracy lies peace, security, and resilience, and for some countries, these qualities are the toughest to come by. So, where does a nation start when trying to build a strong, resilient, and lasting democracy? In this episode of Democracy! The Podcast, we head to the Republic of Sudan in northeast Africa to seek some answers.
    Then, Ambassador Derek Mitchell, the President of the National Democratic Institute, has seen democracy’s rise and fall from nearly every angle. He talks to Adrienne about witnessing some of democracy’s most remarkable moments and shares a retrospective look at what it all means.
    Democracy! The Podcast is brought to you by the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) with support from the United States Agency for International Development through the Global Elections and Political Transitions Award.
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    Follow https://twitter.com/cepps (CEPPS on Twitter).
    http://cepps.org/podcast (Democracy! The Podcast) is hosted by CEPPS and Adrienne Ross.
    This podcast has been produced by the http://cepps.org (Consortium for Elections, and Political Process Strengthening) through the Global Elections and Political Transitions award and is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the https://www.usaid.gov/ (United States Agency for International Development.)
    Opinions expressed here are those of the host and the guests and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the US Government. This show is produced by https://twitter.com/evoterra (Evo Terra) and https://simpler.media (Simpler Media).


    This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

    Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy

    • 35 min
    Navigating the Northern Triangle: Part 2

    Navigating the Northern Triangle: Part 2

    “I believe that corruption affects the whole country in every way. And when state money is not used in sustained public policy to combat poverty, inequality, malnutrition, or for entrepreneurship, the citizens of a country do not find options, and leave their country for lack of opportunities.” Congressman Nineth Montenegro, former Second Vice President of the Congress of Guatemala and Human Rights Leader.
    Key Links
    https://www.usaid.gov/generating-hope-usaid-el-salvador-guatemala-and-honduras (USAID Programming in the Northern Triangle)
    https://www.usaid.gov/news-information/fact-sheets/apr-2021-usaid-increases-efforts-address-irregular-migration-el-salvador (USAID Increases Efforts to Address Irregular Migration)
    https://cnnespanol.cnn.com/video/migrantes-frontera-deportacion-centroamerica-crisis-migratoria-guatemala-rey-rodriguez-pkg-perspectivas-mexico/ (CNN en Español: llegan a Guatemala hambrientos y sin zapatos, aseguran autoridades)
    https://elperiodico.com.gt/opinion/opiniones-de-hoy/2021/10/21/la-dictadura-saca-las-garras/ (El Periodico: la dictadura saca la garras)
    Ojo Con Mi Pisto: Educación alimentaria: clave para optimizar el empleo de remesas
    Ojo Con Mi Pisto: Caquipec transforma las remesas en desarrollo para la comunidad

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    Irregular migration is a global crisis responsible for critical health, economic, security, and citizenship issues everywhere. So, have you ever wondered about the so-called “pull-factors” that cause people to leave their homes and flee the Northern Triangle?
    In this episode of Democracy! The Podcast, we dive head first into the issue of immigration in Guatemala as we talk to a few people who have witnessed the problem first-hand. We’ll visit with a couple of the consortium’s partners who traveled to the tiny border town of El Ceibo between Mexico and Guatemala, and hear more about their work strengthening Guatemala's government to alleviate the problem on its own.
    Plus, her husband was one of the 40,000 people tragically “disappeared” from the streets of Guatemala City in the 1980s. Guatemalan Congressman Nineth Montenegro, former Second Vice President of the Congress of Guatemala, and a well-known human rights leader, gives a candid account of what she suffered during the country's conflict, and how it dramatically transformed her life into one of public service. She shares her greatest wish for her country and even explains why some Guatemalans have come to love the infamous “coyotes”, when she sits down with Adrienne.
    Democracy! The Podcast is brought to you by the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) with support from the United States Agency for International Development through the Global Elections and Political Transitions Award.
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    Follow https://twitter.com/cepps (CEPPS on Twitter).
    http://cepps.org/podcast (Democracy! The Podcast) is hosted by CEPPS and Adrienne Ross.
    This podcast has been produced by the http://cepps.org (Consortium for Elections, and Political Process Strengthening) through the Global Elections and Political Transitions award and is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the https://www.usaid.gov/ (United States Agency for International Development.)
    Opinions expressed here are those of the host and the guests and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the US Government. This show is produced by https://twitter.com/evoterra (Evo Terra) and https://simpler.media (Simpler Media).


    This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

    Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy

    • 31 min
    Navigating the Northern Triangle: Part 1

    Navigating the Northern Triangle: Part 1

    “...stability in the Central American region is at stake. We already have Nicaragua that the rest of Central America is concerned about, but we [also] have in the northern part of Central America, three governments in different areas, undermining the rule of law, transparency, and any freedom of speech, or movement by civil society and journalists.” Deborah Ullmer, NDI, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean Programs.
    Key Links
    Vota Bus: https://www.democracyspeaks.org/blog/guess-who%E2%80%99s-back-back-again (Guess Who’s Back? Back Again)
    Vota Bus: https://www.democracyspeaks.org/blog/beep-beep-make-way-democracy (Beep! Beep! Make Way for Democracy!)

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    In this episode of Democracy! The Podcast, join us as we head to Central America to navigate the nations of the Northern Triangle: Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Find out what’s really driving immigration, economic woes, and an alarming number of headlines about unstable democracy. Plus, hear first-hand from the consortium’s teams as they prepare to stand by Hondurans in the upcoming general elections.
    Then, in a very short period of time, El Salvador’s democracy has gone from a beacon of hope to red alert. We’ll learn what the crisis could indicate for the future of the country and dreams of enduring stability in the region, when Adrienne sits down with Ambassador Roger Noriega to break it all down.
    And then, beep beep, make way for the Vota Bus! Democracy gets a lift when citizens gain a better understanding of their own rights and responsibilities.
    Democracy! The Podcast is brought to you by the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) with support from the United States Agency for International Development through the Global Elections and Political Transitions Award.
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    Follow https://twitter.com/cepps (CEPPS on Twitter).
    http://cepps.org/podcast (Democracy! The Podcast) is hosted by CEPPS and Adrienne Ross.
    This podcast has been produced by the http://cepps.org (Consortium for Elections, and Political Process Strengthening) through the Global Elections and Political Transitions award and is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the https://www.usaid.gov/ (United States Agency for International Development.)
    Opinions expressed here are those of the host and the guests and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the US Government. This show is produced by https://twitter.com/evoterra (Evo Terra) and https://simpler.media (Simpler Media).


    This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

    Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy

    • 29 min
    Ukraine: Stronger Together

    Ukraine: Stronger Together

    “It's my goal to bring real clear rules [to Ukrainian politics] like in sports. If you break the rules in sports, you pay a penalty, or are disqualified...we try to give the executives exactly the same standards in Ukrainian politics.” The Honorable Mayor Vitali Klitschko, Mayor of Kyiv and former world heavy weight boxing champion.
    Key Links
    https://www.ndi.org/eurasia/ukraine (NDI Ukraine Homepage)
    https://www.iri.org/resource/annual-municipal-survey-ukraine-reveals-satisfaction-local-governments (IRI Municipal Survey of Ukrainians)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcMWpmc2UM0andlist=TLGGMMUf6ihV3XMyNDAzMjAyMQandab_channel=IFESUkraine (IFES Engages Youth on Democracy and Human Rights throughout Ukraine)

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    Ukraine’s 30 years of statehood have been marked by a series of highs and lows, like the Orange Revolution in 2004 and the Euromaidan Revolution of Dignity in 2014, on an unswerving path towards a more stable democracy.
    In this episode of Democracy! The Podcast, we are joined by all three of the consortium’s members to talk about the power of their partnerships. From the disinformation of COVID-19, to strengthening Ukraine’s electoral institutions, hear how IFES, IRI, and NDI work side by side with Ukrainians to capitalize on their democratic superpowers in support of the country’s continued independence.
    Then, Dr. Ironfist, aka, the former world heavyweight boxing champion, and current Mayor of Kyiv, the Honorable Vitali Klitschko, sits down with Adrienne to discuss how his years in the boxing ring prepared him to take on the fight for democracy in his homeland.
    Democracy! The Podcast is brought to you by the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) with support from the United States Agency for International Development through the Global Elections and Political Transitions Award.
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    Follow https://twitter.com/cepps (CEPPS on Twitter).
    http://cepps.org/podcast (Democracy! The Podcast) is hosted by CEPPS and Adrienne Ross.
    This podcast has been produced by the http://cepps.org (Consortium for Elections, and Political Process Strengthening) through the Global Elections and Political Transitions award and is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the https://www.usaid.gov/ (United States Agency for International Development.)
    Opinions expressed here are those of the host and the guests and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the US Government. This show is produced by https://twitter.com/evoterra (Evo Terra) and https://simpler.media (Simpler Media).


    This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

    Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy

    • 31 min
    The Download: Haiti

    The Download: Haiti

    “In any country, the work of democratic development is a process…and it's been a very hard, steep, rocky, bumpy path for the Haitians. But it's a path where they can and will continue to make progress.” Tony Banbury, President and CEO, The International Foundation for Electoral Systems.
    Key Links
    https://www.ifes.org/news/president-and-ceo-testifies-human-rights-haiti (IFES President Tony Banbury Testifies on Human Rights in Haiti)
    https://www.iri.org/resource/iri-lac-director-testifies-future-democracy-haiti (IRI LAC Director Testifies on the Future of Democracy in Haiti)
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/07/13/fact-sheet-u-s-assistance-to-haiti/ (White House Fact Sheet: US Assistance to Haiti )

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    From the shocking assassination of their president, to a deadly earthquake, and the crush of Covid-19, Haiti has dominated the headlines the past several months. But on this episode of Democracy! The Podcast, find out why the media doesn’t always get the story right, and why the news isn’t all bad for the Caribbean’s 2nd largest island.
    Hear from a few of the consortium’s partners working on the frontlines of Haiti’s fight for democracy everyday. Plus, two Haitian electoral experts sit down to talk with Adrienne about the future and where their hope lies in seeing their nation transformed.
    Plus, Tony Banbury, the President and CEO of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, shares a life-altering experience that put him at the center of tragedy, and transformed his thoughts on Haiti’s future.
    Democracy! The Podcast is brought to you by the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) with support from the United States Agency for International Development through the Global Elections and Political Transitions Award.
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    Follow https://twitter.com/cepps (CEPPS on Twitter).
    http://cepps.org/podcast (Democracy! The Podcast) is hosted by CEPPS and Adrienne Ross.
    This podcast has been produced by the http://cepps.org (Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening) through the Global Elections and Political Transitions award and is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the https://www.usaid.gov/ (United States Agency for International Development.)
    Opinions expressed here are those of the host and the guests and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the US Government. This show is produced by https://twitter.com/evoterra (Evo Terra) and https://simpler.media (Simpler Media).


    This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

    Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

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26 Ratings

26 Ratings

DCThunder ,

Great Podcast

What more can I say?

Ms Kilbane ,

Great Listening

This podcast proves to be easy listening & very informative! More helpful insight from the international front makes for better understanding at home in the US. Democracy for all!

idrathernot ,

Making sense of democracy

This podcast has been an enlightening source for interviews with experts and policymakers who bring in-depth analyses of critical global issues. It’s very informative and provides a much-needed fillip to encourage reflection on what are the stakes in supporting democracy nowadays.
As Voltaire once put it: “Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too.”

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