Creating an International Network of Democracy Builders

The Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD) at Queen's University will conduct three case studies on democratic transition in Liberia, Costa Rica and Palestine, partnering with the Sua Foundation, the Arias Foundation and the Arab Thought Forum, respectively.

A total of 10 case studies - four of which have already been completed - will form the basis for a teaching tool grounded in comparative research that will, it is hoped, yield lessons that can be applied to democratic transition worldwide.

A planned second phase of the project will establish an executive management course on the theme at Queen's University, and a third phase will produce a democratic values curriculum to be offered in schools or over the Internet.

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Start Date

Friday, January 19, 2007

End Date

Thursday, July 31, 2008


18 months

IDRC Officer

Schonwalder, Gerd

Total funding

CA$ 145,210


Costa Rica, North and Central America, Liberia, Middle East, West Bank and Gaza, North of Sahara, South of Sahara, South America, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Tom Axworthy


Queen's University at Kingston

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