In March 2016, the Social-Liberal Party (Radikale Venstre) entered in to partnership with the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) in Ghana. Through this partnership, they seek to convene and capacitate a selection of smaller political parties, who are currently struggling to break in to national political scene dominated by the National Democratic Congres (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
About the partnership
In the partnership’s initial phase, the focus is on building the capacities of selected smaller political parties, thereby helping them to enhance the mobilisation of in particular women and youth and to overcome their structural weaknesses. Furthermore, the project will seek to strengthen the cross-political cooperation between these parties in search of consensus for reforms, that can open up the space for a stronger political participation.
More specifically, the partnerships’ objectives are:
- To convene the small parties and raise their awareness of common challenges, pro-spects and means for increasing their outreach to the electorate and ways of improving election conduct, while averting violence together with the strategies for achieving these goals; and
- To support small parties to outline and implement a focused plan of integrated actions aimed at boosting their capacity to mobilize party followers, in particular women and youth, as well as ordinary constituents and promote issue based policies for strength-ening the multiparty system.
Institute for Democratic Governance
The Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) is an independent, not-for-profit, and non-partisan policy research and advocacy institute established in January 2000. Its mission is to generate knowledge and enhance the capacity of citizens to influence public policy choices, in order to consolidate democratic and good governance in Ghana and the rest of Africa. In pursuance of this mission, and working mainly through policy research, dialogue, advocacy, and training, the IDEG:
- Carries out research and analysis of public policies, including monitoring their impact on democracy, good governance and the poor and vulnerable in society;
- Publishes and disseminates research findings so as to enlighten public policy debates and strengthen advocacy for alternative development strategies;
- Develops ideas and methods for effective participation of non-state actors in demo-cratic development and accountable governance processes including conflict resolution;
- Organises public forum to foster popular participation in development policy thinking, dialogue and consensus building on economic and social development issues and fos-ters strategic partnership between non-state and state actors for resolving them;
- Promotes awareness and respect for human rights, democratic values and norms in the democratic governance and development processes at the national, regional and global levels.
The Social Liberal Party – Radikale Venstre
The Social-Liberal Party is situated at the centre of the Danish political spectrum, and has historically collaborated with both the left and right wing parties in parliament. Following the Danish parliamentary election in 2011, the party formed a government coalition with the Social Democrats (Socialdemokratiet) and Socialist People’s Party (Socialistisk Folkeparti). Since the parliamentary elections in June 2015, they have been part of the opposition, as the Liberal Party (and later also the Liberal Alliance and the Conservative Party) formed a new government. Internationally, the Social-Liberal party is an active member of the European Liberal organisation, the European Liberal Democrats (ELDR), and the world federation of liberal political parties, Liberal International.