9 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 • 22 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

    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 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
    When Women Win

    When Women Win

    “More than half the population of practically every country is female, and therefore, it is a waste of a resource not to have women involved in active ways to make life better in their own countries.” The Honorable Dr. Madeleine Albright, the 64th US Secretary of State.
    Key Links
    https://www.facebook.com/1303692343109384/videos/185832835977998 (IFES’s Rural Women in Tunisia) (Video)
    "https://cepps.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Not-before-18.pdf“Not Before 18” and the 30% Gender Quota in Libya (Not Before 18” and The 30% Gender Quota in Libya)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQnm1nGJehkandfeature=emb_imp_woyt (Full interview with the Honorable Dr. Madeleine Albright) (Video)
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    On this episode of Democracy! The Podcast, we take an in-depth look at what happens when women win.
    First, tag along to Tunisia for the scoop on a group of rural women who had overlooked their right to vote for years. Follow their story as they grow from apathetic to empowered citizens helping to steer the future of their country at the ballot box.
    In Peru, we’ll take a sobering look at terrifying violence intended to derail a woman’s shot at running for office.
    Then we’ll sit down with the 64th US Secretary of State and Chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group, the Honorable Dr. Madeleine Albright, as she speaks out on some of the most urgent issues facing women around the world today, and shares some of her best behind the scene stories as the US’s first top woman diplomat.
    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:

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    • 33 min
    The Next Generation

    The Next Generation

    “The most important part of political organizations…is to start working whatever on your street, within your house, within your building, with the small problems that you have around yourself, and maybe you will fall in love with that part of politics, that part of civic engagement, and maybe that is the way to keep on going….” Malik Sakić, President, The European Democracy Youth Network.
    Key Links
    https://www.cepps.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Boy-Scouts-in-Libya.mp4 (Boy Scouts and Girl Guides in Libya) (Video)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=TLGGMMUf6ihV3XMyNDAzMjAyMQandv=AcMWpmc2UM0andfeature=emb_titleandab_channel=IFESUkraine (IFES Engages Youth on Democracy and Human Rights Throughout Ukraine) (Video)
    https://www.ifes.org/publications/strengthening-engagement-through-education-democracy (Strengthening Engagement Through Education for Democracy)
    http://www.facebook.com/EuropeanDemocracyYouthNetwork/ (The European Democracy Youth Network)
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    Across the planet, people under the age of 30 make up the largest youth count in history. Yet, despite the tough reality that many face significant threats to their happiness and livelihood, the next generation shimmers with some of the brightest stars on our horizon.
    In this episode of Democracy! The Podcast, discover why Libya’s most trusted institutions, the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, are also the country’s top go-to groups for getting the most important messages right.
    Then we head to the classroom in Ukraine to be schooled on a wildly popular civics class that’s changing more than just students’ schedules.
    And, finally, he was born in wartime, but today Bosnia and Herzegovina's Malik Sakić is one of democracy’s biggest champions as president of the European Democracy Youth Network. Find out what he says drove him to get involved in public life, and his best advice for those looking to make a change, when he sits down to chat 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

    • 32 min
    The Covid Conundrum

    The Covid Conundrum

    “...what does it take to have democratic governance effectively manage something like a pandemic? [W]e have to figure out how to bring strong, effective public health responses to democratic governments.” Dr. David Ross, ScD, President and CEO, The Task Force for Global Health.
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    Key Links
    https://taskforce.org/coronavirus-pandemic/ (The Task Force for Global Health)
    https://www.ifes.org/publications/elections-and-covid-19-response-analysis-2020-parliamentary-elections-serbia (Elections and COVID-19 Response Analysis: 2020 Parliamentary Elections in Serbia)
    https://www.ifes.org/ifes-covid-19-briefing-series (IFES COVID-19 Briefing Series)
    https://www.usaid.gov/coronavirus/fact-sheets (USAID’s COVID-19 Response: Fact Sheet)
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    All over the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has turned lives upside down, disrupted hundreds of elections, and challenged our status quo of what we typically expect democracies to deliver.
    In this episode of Democracy! The Podcast, we’ll travel to Ethiopia to hear how elections transpired this spring in the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak and what might lie ahead for Africa’s 2nd most populous country when they plan to complete the voting process this fall.
    Then we’ll check in on the situation in the Balkans. Learn what citizens there had to say about what it would take for them to feel safe enough to vote.
    And finally, the head of the Task Force for Global Health, Dr. David Ross, sits down with Adrienne to get a 360-degree look at what he thinks has to happen for the Covid-19 pandemic to end.
    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

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22 Ratings

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Great Podcast

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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!

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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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