The network …

… “External Democracy Promotion” (EDP) is an interdisciplinary and inter-institutional working group of scholars from the social sciences. Our main focus is on international and comparative studies. Participants come from universities and research institutes in Germany and Switzerland.


4. March 20 | News

EDP Network meeting at DIE in Bonn: a new research agenda for challenges to democracy support

On February 27, our network members met at DIE (German Development Institute) in Bonn. Key issues of our meeting were the discussion and drafting of two joint research proposals addressing the current trend of de-democratization and how through ideation democracy …

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12. February 20 | News

Presenting our latest addition to the EDP Network: Welcome, Karina Mross!

The EDP Network welcomes Karina Mross, who will be joining our team from now on with her in-depth expertise in democracy support, post-conflict societies and peace processes, democratization after civil war, and fragile states.

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4. February 20 | News

Workshop at the Federal Foreign Office on democracy promotion

The EDP network members Julia Leininger (German Development Institute) and Jonas Wolff (Peace Research Institute Frankfurt) took part in an expert workshop at the Federal Foreign Office on 30 January 2020 in Berlin.

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17. January 20 | News

EDP member Solveig Richter receives Heisenberg grant for outstanding researchers

Our EDP Network member Solveig Richter, Juniorprofessor for International Conflict Management at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, got accepted into the Heisenberg Programme by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

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Jonas Wolff, Felix Bethke, Sophia Birchinger, Ben Christian, Melanie Coni-Zimmer, Julian Junk, Anton Peez, Simone Schnabel, Jens Stappenbeck, Antonia Witt | 2020

Frieden und Entwicklung 2020: Eine Analyse aktueller Erfahrungen und Erkenntnisse

Die Studie „Frieden und Ent­wicklung 2020“ ana­ly­siert aktuelle Ent­wicklungen, Erfahr­ungen und Heraus­forder­ungen und leitet daraus praxis­orientierte Em­pfehl­ungen für die deutsche und inter­nationale EZ ab. Sie wurde im Rah­men eines Ressort­forschungs­vorhabens für das Bundes­ministerium für wirtschaft­liche Zusammen­arbeit und Ent­wicklung (BMZ) erstellt. Methodisch stützt sich die Analyse auf 30 Inter­views mit Expert­innen und Experten aus unter­schiedlichen Welt­regionen und ergänzt diese auf Basis einer Aus­wertung von Policy-Dokumenten und der ein­schlägigen Forschungs­literatur.

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Jonas Wolff | 2020


in: Olaf Kaltmeier/Anne Tittor/Daniel Hawkins/Eleonora Rohland (Hg.): The Routledge Handbook to the Political Economy and Governance of the Americas, London: Routledge, 341-349.

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Julia Leininger, Karina Mross, Charlotte Fiedler, Jörn Grävingholt | 2020

Gradual, Cooperative, Coordinated: Effective Support for Peace and Democracy in Conflict-Affected States

in: International Studies Perspectives 21 (1), 54-77 (open access).

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Julia Leininger, Anna Lührmann, Rachel Sigman | 2019

The Relevance of Social Policies for Democracy – Preventing Autocratisation through Synergies between SDG 10 and SDG 16

in: DIE Discussion Paper 7/2019.

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EDP Wire

27. May 20 | Jonas Wolff, Felix Bethke, Sophia Birchinger, Ben Christian, Melanie Coni-Zimmer, Julian Junk, Anton Peez, Simone Schnabel, Jens Stappenbeck, Antonia Witt

Developing Peace: Impulses for German and International Development Cooperation

This EDP Wire summarizes the results of the study “Peace and Development 2020: An Analysis of Current Experiences and Findings”, which was conducted at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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18. May 20 | Jalale Getachew Birru

Normative Jurisprudence: Finding a Solution for the Current Constitutional Impasse on the Postponement of the 2020 General Election in Ethiopia

Due to the Covid-19 related restrictions, the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) announced on March 31 that it is impossible to hold an election on August 30, 2020. This created a constitutional impasse as the constitution requires holding an election at least one month before the end of the House of Representatives’ term which is the final week of the Ethiopian month of Meskerem (October 3-10). To resolve the deadlock, some opposition parties and the government put forward different solutions. This article examines the proposed solutions through the principle of normative jurisprudence.

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