The LEND Network supports democracies in transition by investing in their future leaders

The LEND Network supports democracies in transition by investing in their future leaders

LEND Network Program – Leaders Engaged in New Democracies

Leaders Engaged in New Democracies (LEND) is a global network that provides advice and support for leaders and policy makers in emerging democracies around the world to build efficient democratic institutions. LEND, one of the Community’s most active projects, was initiated in March 2012 by Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The LEND Network brings together key leaders from the world’s newest democracies with former heads of states, policy makers and scholars experienced in democratic transition. It has convened a number of face-to-face meetings with senior democratic leaders, on issues pertinent to transition, including constitutional reform, civil society, accountability, education, human rights, justice sector reform, diplomacy, local governance, and more.

LEND also invests in future generations by offering training courses, webinars and workshops that are open to a broader group of people. The LEND Network program currently covers Tunisia and Moldova, two of the youngest democracies, and will expand to Myanmar in 2016.

A special workshop on constitution building was held at the peak of the constitutional crisis in Tunisia. It had largely contributing to the democratic discourse and the continuation of the peaceful consolidation process in the country.

Communities within the platform are on different stages of democratic transitions. The key aspects are: constitutional reform, civil society, accountability, education, human rights, justice sector reform, diplomacy, local governance, and more.

Are you interested in supporting democratic advancement in your country?

The Network is constantly seeking participation from leaders, governments, civil society activists and other partners to take part in its work. For further details, please contact the LEND Network Program Coordinator, at lend@community-democracies.org.