Rachel M. Gisselquist and Miguel Niño-Zarazúa on Effectiveness of International & Swedish Democracy Aid for DEval

Presentation and Panel Discussion: Does Democracy Aid work?

On Thursday, 11 March 2021 at 16:00 CET, Miguel Niño-Zarazúa, Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER, and Rachel M. Gisselquist, Senior Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER will be presenting and discussing the findings of the report Effects of Swedish and international democracy aid at an event organised by the DEval -  German Institute for Development Evaluation. 

Effects of Swedish and international democracy aid was published in December 2020 by the Expert Group for Aid Studies (EBA). The research behind the report was carried out by researchers from the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)

About the event 

The world stands facing a worrying trend where dozens of countries decline on democracy and most measures of democracy show a worldwide gradual decline for the last decade. While many donor countries have a strong focus on programs supporting democracy, academics and practitioners have been debating the evidence on whether inducing democracy in other countries works, or not. In other words, can development cooperation’s democracy aid programs contribute to a positive change for democracy at the country level? Following the presentation of the results of an encompassing analysis on the topic commissioned by the Swedish Commission for Aid Studies (EBA), we would like to discuss, which implications this evidence holds for German and International Development Cooperation.

Moderator: Jelana Vajen (DEval)


4:00 p.m. Does Democracy Aid work? Evidence from the report The effects of Swedish and international democracy Aid

Miguel Niño-Zarazúa (UNU-WIDER) and Rachel M. Gisselquist (UNU-WIDER)

4:25 p.m. Panel Discussion: What are the implications for German Development Cooperation?

Jürgen Zattler (BMZ), Julia Leininger (DIE), Staffan I. Lindberg (V-Dem), Jörg Faust (DEval)

4:50 p.m. Open Discussion