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News / June 2, 2023

The Inaugural Annual Learning Forum


The Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) launched its first Learning Agenda at its inaugural Annual Learning Forum from May 22-25, 2023. The Democratic Elections and Political Processes (DEPP) Learning Agenda leverages the expertise and global footprint of seven international nongovernmental organizations to address fifteen core learning questions across five thematic areas. The initiative is supported through the DEPP cooperative agreement with the United State Agency for International Development (USAID) Center for Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance.

The Annual Learning Forum featured an opening and closing ceremony and five panels on each DEPP Learning Agenda theme, all around the topic of #Learning4Democracy. Over 250 DRG-sector professionals and enthusiasts joined the Annual Learning Forum for one or more of the live-streamed events. Participants also joined in the conversation through a series of validation workshops hosted by CEPPS during the week. If you were not able to attend the event live, please see below for links to the recordings of each ceremony and panel discussion.

Panelists at the Closing Ceremony. From left to right: Terry Hoverter (CEPPS Sr. Technical Director), Patrick Quirk (IRI Vice President for Strategy, Innovation, and Impact), Katherine Ellena (IFES Vice President of Programs), and Stephanie Rust (NDI Cheif Programs Officer)

Unique to the DEPP Learning Agenda, all questions and themes are tied to a research-based Global Theory of Change centered on inclusive accountability. The themes focus on the relationships of accountability between key stakeholders within a democracy – citizens, political parties, civil society and media, government institutions and oversight bodies, and transnational bodies and coalitions – to explore the ways in which each set of stakeholders can leverage their respective democratic mechanisms for ensuring that government is inclusive, responsive, and accountable to all its citizens.

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