World Forum for Democracy 2017: Closing session
10 November 2017 - 10.30-12.30 / Council of Europe Hemicycle
Reporting and Democracy Innovation Award
The Council of Europe’s Democracy Innovation Award is given each year to the World Forum for Democracy’s most popular initiative, which was presented in the labs, voted upon by the Forum participants.
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Writer, journalist, and editor of OpenDemocracy
In 2000, Rosemary Bechler, co-founded and chaired Peaceworkers UK, later absorbed into International Alert, while helping to pilot an innovative online global discussion forum, openDemocracy, in which she became European, then International Editor. In 2006 Counterpoint, the internal think-tank of the British Council commissioned her to write Unbounded Freedom: a guide to creative commons thinking for cultural organisations. She edited The Convention on Modern Liberty: The British debate on fundamental rights and freedoms (Imprint Academic 2010) in the year in which she became Editor of openDemocracy. She has a Cambridge doctorate on eighteenth century literature.
Fernando CASAL BERTOA
Assistant professor in Comparative Politics, The University of Nottingham
Fernando Casal Bértoa is an Assistant Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham (United Kingdom). He is member of the OSCE/ODIHR “Core Group of Political Party Experts”. He is also Co-chair of the Council for European Studies’ Research Network on “Political Parties, Party Systems and Elections” as well as Research theme director at the Nottingham Interdisciplinary Centre for Economic and Political Research. His work has been published in European Journal of Political Research, Sociological Methods and Research, West European Politics, Party Politics, Democratization, European Constitutional Law Review, among others. Currently he is co-writing a book for OUP titled Party System Closure: Alliances and Innovations in Europe between 1848 and 2016".
Andries DU TOIT
Director of the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS)
Andries du Toit has a PhD in Comparative Studies from the University of Essex. His training is in political theory and in qualitative and anthropological approaches to social science research. He has done extensive research on the political economy of structural poverty and racialised inequality in a range of contexts in South Africa: his publications include work on the social relations of labour on commercial fruit and wine farms in the Western Cape, on chronic and structural poverty in the rural and urban Western Cape and in the Eastern Cape, and on the dynamics of marginalised livelihoods and informal social protection in the migrant networks of the Eastern and Western Cape.
Director General for Democracy, Council of Europe
Chair of the Joint Council on Youth and the Advisory Council on Youth
The Democracy Award will be presented by
Secretary General of the Council of Europe
The duo Manushan, Iran
The song of the forbidden and the exile.