Democracy & Governance

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Democracy & Governance?

“Democracy embodies responsive and responsible governance, rule of law, human rights, civic participation, and peaceful transfers of power through electoral processes” and strong governance consists of “inclusive, accountable institutions and a robust civil society” (USIP).

What Is the Relationship Between Democracy & Governance & Conflict?

According to USAID, “Countries with ineffective government institutions, rampant corruption, and weak rule of law have a 30-to-45 percent higher risk of civil war and a higher risk of extreme criminal violence than other developing countries.” In contrast, “Countries with democratic freedoms are more just, peaceful, and stable, and citizens can fulfill their potential.”

Where Can I Have Conversations with Others About Democracy & Governance?

To start conversations about & provide insight on topics related to democracy & governance in conflict settings, please explore & contribute to our Discussion Forums.

Are There Any Examples of How Democracy & Governance Work Intersects with Conflict Contexts?

For a collection of resources on democracy & governance in conflict settings, please visit our Resource Library.

How Can I Find Out Who Is Working on Democracy & Governance in Conflict Settings?

For a list of democracy & governance organizations working in conflict contexts, please see our Collaboration Map.