For Leaders Engaged in New Democracies
On March 27, 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet announced that the United States and Estonia will co-chair a Working Group within the Community of Democracies (CD) to support a groundbreaking new effort to support leaders in emerging democracies – the LEND Network.
The LEND Network (for Leaders Engaged in New Democracies) leverages expertise from the Club de Madrid, the world’s largest forum of democratically elected former presidents and prime ministers, and 21st century technologies developed by Google, OpenText, and Dialcom to connect leaders who have successfully navigated the challenges of democratization with leaders in emerging democracies.
Beginning in 2012, the project will provide peer advice, peer support and capacity building to political leaders and policy makers in Eastern Europe and North Africa. The LEND Network will generate the following outputs:
The LEND Network fills a crucial need. Currently, there is no online platform to facilitate real-time information sharing between leaders in new democracies and leaders who have undergone democratic transitions. The Network will provide a global forum for exchanging information and expertise on democratization from more than twenty countries and support leaders as they work to build strong, accountable institutions and establish the rule of law.
The project has received generous financial support from the Government of Sweden and the United States Agency for International Development.