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Report Release from Keseb: Defending and Strengthening Diverse Democracies

Keseb, a member of the Global Democracy Coalition, released its Defending and Strengthening Diverse Democracies report on May 11th, 2023. The report is a culmination of a multi-month analysis consisting of literature review and interviews with 75+ civil society leaders from Brazil, India, South Africa, the United States and those working transnationally.

These four former colonies – representing  25% of the world’s population – offer critical insights that can deepen our understanding of the crisis facing diverse democracies. Additionally, these countries surface immediate priorities for pro-democracy civil society intervention, particularly for practitioners and philanthropists. 

From its inception in Athens, dēmokratia was designed for a homogenous group of people with similar racial, social and economic privileges. Yet, with its inherent values of individual choice and collective voice, democracy offers the most compelling vision and system of government for human flourishing. This is especially salient for multiethnic and pluralistic societies.

In this report, Keseb:

  • Highlights the drivers of democratic regression in Brazil, India, South Africa and the United States, and trends across them
  • Surfaces opportunities to defend and strengthen pro-democracy civil society efforts in each country.
  • Calls for a cross-country ecosystem approach to counter enduring authoritarian forces and build inclusive and resilient democracies.

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