Peace and democracy

by centerfordemocraticsociety

CDS supports peaceful politics by bridging divisions, strengthening connections across society, and ensuring the inclusion of diverse groups, including those of women, youth, and marginalized minorities, in political life.

Democracies provide forums, parliamentary sessions, and public debates, to negotiate solutions to political and social disagreements, which create channels for citizens to demand change through political action, such as advocacy, policy development, and political negotiation rather than violence. On other hand, this provides a space for political actors to compete without resorting to violence.  

In conflict-affected societies, CDS convenes political and civic leaders and activists across divisions to strengthen their commitment to peaceful politics, build mutual trust, discover shared interests, and cooperate in service of citizen needs and priorities. Strengthening political institutions and electoral processes that can peacefully manage political conflicts.