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International IDEA is a global intergovernmental organisation with 29 member states, including Australia, whose purpose is to support locally owned and sustainable democratic change worldwide. IDEA has supported the process of constitutional transition and dialogue in Nepal, is developing similar work in Myanmar and has a record of projects elsewhere in the region. IDEA's regional office for Asia and the Pacific is currently located in Canberra. Trevor Wilson is a former Australian ambassador to Myanmar.
Developed democracies, including Australia, have undertaken a substantial number and variety of programmes over many years to support elections, parliaments, political parties, governance and other aspects of democratic change in Asia and the Pacific and indeed elsewhere. What has determined whether these programmes have been worthwhile, and why? How is the landscape changing with the emergence of Asian countries as new actors in the field? What is the future of effective assistance?
Trevor Wilson, Visiting Fellow, Department of Political & Social Change
Andrew Ellis is outgoing Director for Asia and the Pacific, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA)
Leena Rikkila Tamang, Head of Nepal Project and incoming Director for Asia and the Pacific, International (IDEA)
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