Canada’s commitment to democracy, freedom and human rights is at the core of its national values. These values are pillars of Canadian foreign policy and international development assistance. The institutions and processes of Canadian democracy are respected among established democracies and developing states alike. The corps of Canadian professionals providing technical leadership in strengthening democratic processes is unparalleled – from electoral assistance to legislative strengthening, political party and media capacity and civil society support.
The timing is ripe to revisit the framework for Canadian democracy assistance. A first step in this process is to re-visit the extensive progress already made towards this goal a decade ago and map the landscape of need and opportunity for future action. As part of this effort, CIPS is partnering on a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar’s Workshop to bring together leading experts from the policy, practice and academic communities in a day-long event to spark interest and debate, provide depth of insight by crossing policy-practice academic boundaries, and encourage participants to work together to advocate for solutions in this area.
Our goal is to capitalize on Canada’s expertise and talent, repatriating Canadian experts to serve Canadian foreign policy and fostering new talent in this area of international assistance.