Political Dimension of Democracy Growth a Key but Sensitive Issue

Canada's aid agency is being pressured to follow other donor nations by working with political parties in developing democracies, though the risk of being accused of partisanship is off-putting.

Lee Berthiaume
Published: Wednesday, 08/01/2007 12:00 am EDT

Working with political parties in developing countries is an essential element of democracy building from which Canada has been largely absent, but attempting to do so without a well thought out plan could endanger our image as an honest partner who seeks to help other countries without pushing an agenda, experts say.

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