Call for US experts in the areas of public policies, political communication and political parties
The CIRD Foundation, in alliance with the Paraguay Kansas Committee (CPK), calls university academia (professors or specialists) in the areas of:
-Political communication and new media
-Political parties and elections management
to offer conferences on the above mentioned subjects in Asunción, Paraguay.
Activities should be held in Spanish to address target audiences formed by political parties’ representatives.
The call to recruit university professors is performed within the framework of the Public Policy and Presidential Elections Project, conducted by the CIRD Foundation, with financial support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID/Paraguay).
The Project aims to improve the quality of Paraguay’s democratic system through the use of an effective strategy to strengthen the organizational capacities of the political parties through the institutionalization of mechanisms of political dialogue within them.
Paraguay recently experienced a serious political and institutional crisis with former President Fernando Lugo’s ouster as a result of an impeachment proceeding from Paraguay’s Congress. A new government of another political party has been installed 10 months from the next presidential elections.
According to the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, Paraguay has undergone a profound political-institutional crisis, a severe confrontation between the executive and the legislature. This break in the democratic and representative institutions raises the need to strengthen political parties as key actors in the political process and in the political system in Paraguay. The role of these political actors becomes more important as the country is approaching the presidential elections to be held on April 21, 2013.
According to OAS General Secretary there is a strong need to strengthen governance in Paraguay in the transition to the 2013 elections, promoting political dialogue and supporting legal reforms that could help avoid future crises.
Requirements for proposals submissions:
– Curriculum vitae
Deadline for proposals submissions: August 20, 2012
*The organization can only cover airfare, travel costs and lodging
For further information please contact:
Centro de Información y Recursos para el Desarrollo (CIRD)
Tel. (595 21) 214 671
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