Workshop “Political Parties and the Citizens” in Yangon, Myanmar 

news :: 2013
by Axel Kistner on November 10, 2013

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), Singapur, organized a workshop “Political Parties and the Citizens” to be held in Yangon, Myanmar from 14 – 16 November 2013. [1] The workshop is part of the Democratisation And Justice Series [2] of the Political and Economic Department of ASEF. [3] The workshop focuses on how political parties interact with citizens and citizen movements in countries across Asia and Europe.

The participants will discuss experiences from Cambodia, Germany, the Republic of Korea, India, Myanmar, Norway, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden and Vietnam. Andreas Nitsche, Association for Interactive Democracy, takes part in the workshop to talk about the use of LiquidFeedback by several political parties as well as for civic participation in the German county of Friesland. [4]

Through this Workshop, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) in Singapore, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) in Stockholm, the Hanns Seidel Foundation in Munich and the Sun Institute in Yangon, will examine how political parties relate to the citizens. Special attention will be given to efforts to promote gender equalitiy and mainstreaming, as well as participation of marginalized groups.

The Association for Interactive Democracy is very grateful for the opportunity to share experiences, discuss challenges and present LiquidFeedback, a proposition development and decision making software which allows self-organization of large groups empowering ordinary members of political parties and making representatives more accountable.