Dialogue experts from several countries were gathered in Budapest this weekend to discuss why dialogue matters. What are the main challenges, developments and new trends in dialogue facilitation?
Democracy is never finished. It’s a process that changes over time, says Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of Club the Madrid.
The Dalai Lama was given a warm welcome when he arrived in Oslo. The president of the Oslo Center, Kjell Magne Bondevik, says the effect of the Dalai Lama’s dialogue work is far greater than we think.
We thought democracy would spread victoriously all over the world. Today it’s under pressure in most places.
Vaira Vike-Freiberga led Latvia into democracy in which she also became the first female president. Now she is president of the democracy organization Club de Madrid, and is coming to Oslo for sharing her experiences at the Oslo Center’s seminar 12th of May.
The Oslo Center had a good year in 2013 and continues to grow. Most remarkable is the Somalia program.
If the parties negotiating in Addis Abeba are able to reach an agreement, the biggest job still lies ahead of them: building a sustainable democracy in an increasingly divided nation.
We are excited for the positive development in Myanmar (Burma) the last years. But 2014 is a year of destiny for whether further democratization will occur. At worse we face a setback.
Local communities including the youth on the Kenyan coast feel marginalized and lack access to political participation. The legislation is there, but does not work sufficiently.