Join CEPPS’ Twitter Chat Celebrating International Day of Democracy
The Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) invites you to join a Twitter chat on International Day of Democracy September 15, 2015 at 11 a.m. EDT - 12 p.m EDT. The theme of this year's Democracy Day is space for civil society, a reminder to governments everywhere that the hallmark of successful and stable democracies is the presence of a strong and freely operating civil society.
The Twitter chat will be moderated by @CEPPS and lead by representatives from the CEPPS core partner organizations: the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (@IFES1987), the International Republican Institute (@IRIglobal), and the National Democratic Institute (@NDI).
- Michael Svetlik, IFES Vice President of Programs, @mdsvetlikIFES
- Thomas Garrett, IRI Vice President for Programs, @ThomasEGarrett
- Kenneth Wollack, NDI President, @kwollack
Please use #DemTalk to make your tweets part of the discussion!
Questions and Discussion Topics
- What role does civil society play in democracy?
- In many countries, space for civil society seems to be shrinking. How can NGOs counteract this trend?
- Pundits and scholars have claimed that the world is in a “democratic recession.” Are there examples of “democratic growth”?
- Is the Internet opening new space for civil society?
- What are some of the biggest current challenges to democracy globally?
- Even in countries with active civil society, some groups face prejudice and exclusion. How can we support more inclusive democracy?
- What are some civil society success stories you have seen globally?
- Many new democracies struggle with fragile security environments. How do democracy and security relate? Can there be democracy without security?
@CEPPS will tweet a question, allowing for approximately eight minutes for participants to answer. We look forward to you joining the conversation.