The popular protests in Madrid and Athens triggered by the financial crisis in Europe or the Occupy Movement in many countries as well as the rebellions in many parts of the Arab world indicate that there is a growing dissatisfaction with the current way politics is done.
Ruling institutions are perceived as not sufficiently responsive to the basic human needs of the majority of people. Decision-making structures are often seen as too rigid or intransparent and not participatory enough, and while some countries are entering a post-democracy epoch, others are still struggling to overcome age-old authoritarianism.
More and more people are rising up to demand freedom, equality of opportunity, more welfare and more responsible government. But, so far, many popular protests, often led by youth, have not succeeded in affecting the system in any sustainable way. One main reason for this, in our view, is their limited capacity to organise themselves more effectively, to think strategically, and to move beyond rejection of the status quo into articulating a robust vision of an alternative reality.
Political development for us means providing support to such groups to organise and manage themselves more effectively behind a practical vision for a better future. We provide applied methods for enhancing the capacity for effective communication and to develop long-term perspectives and strategies for peaceful social and political change, based on a sound analysis of existing realities. The objective of our work is to contribute to initiatives that aim at changing the way politics is done and the way power is practised, from “power over” and “power against” to “power for” and “power with”.
- Egypt: Beyond Protest – Strenghtening the Capacity of Revolutionary Youth Movements for Strategic and Economic Behaviour
- Tunisia: National Dialoque on the Constitution and Democratic Consolidation, 2012