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Political Party Development
Parliamentary Strengthening
By Type
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Research Activities
Program Staff & Development Activities
Events & Further Activities
Cross-cutting Themes
Women in Politics

CDI's Political Party Development Program

Political parties are a key element of successful democracies internationally, in particular for the formation and functioning of parliament. Not only do they sponsor candidates for election, they are a channel of communication between electors and their representatives. Parties aggregate political interests and their discipline provides predictability about MPs’ voting and policy stances. Ideally, their networks in the electorate should feed community goals into the policy and law-making process.

CDI devotes a significant part of our effort and resources in helping to promote the healthy operation of political parties. In the Pacific, where party structures are weak and personalised, much of our assistance is directed towards encouraging better cohesion within parties. In Indonesia and East Timor the emphasis is on strengthening the parties’ policy-making capacity and relations with the community.

We convene a wide range of intensive training courses and networking activities for parties. Some are targeted at fostering the political skills of younger, middle-level party leaders and activists, while others are designed for peer-to-peer interchange and dialogue amongst more senior figures. The programs have a strongly regional flavour, designed to encourage cross-country sharing of experiences.

One aspect of CDI’s special focus on promoting the political participation and representation of women is our annual Women in Politics course which provides development and networking opportunities for women aspiring for political careers as party workers or parliamentarians.

Many of activities properly combine our two major and related sectoral concerns of Political Party Development and Parliamentary Strengthening. Accordingly, listed below are all our activities which both focus primarily on, or include significant elements of, Political Party Development work:

Global | CDI Participates in International IDEA's Annual Democracy Forum | Canberra 26-27 November 2012

Vanuatu | Election Observation Mission | October 2012

Asia Pacific | CDI-IPD-NDI | Asian Political Leadership Program | 27 March - 3 April 2012 | Bali
Asia Pacific | CDI-IPD-NDI | Asian Political Leadership Program Phase II | 17-21 September 2012 | Bali
Vanuatu | Women Candidates Training - 2012 Elections | Port Villa | 6-10 August 2012
Research: Programs – Publications – Workshops – Conferences
Program Development & Further Activities
CDI-PD | CDI Sponsors IPD Organisational Development Adviser | Bali | 2011-12

The Australian National University

School of International, Political & Strategic Studies

The Centre for Democratic Institutions (CDI) supports the efforts of democracies in the Asia-Pacific region to strengthen their political systems. It provides training, technical assistance and peer support for parliamentarians, political party organisers and emerging leaders in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, with a particular focus on Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji. CDI sponsors research and publications on political change and democratic governance.

Established in 1998, CDI is funded by the Australian Government. The Centre is based in the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.

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