The 7 deadly sins of donor-driven democracy promotion

Over the past decades, the aid industry has increasingly converged around the view that democracy and "good governance" matter for development. But what do most pro-democracy groups do? Not much, claims Till Bruckner in this guest commentary.

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About the author

  • Till Bruckner

    Till Bruckner is the founder of TranspariMED, an initiative that works to end evidence distortion in medicine, and manages advocacy for Transparify, an initiative promoting transparency and integrity in policy research. In his previous life, he worked in international development, occupying both field and research roles. Till is interested in the hidden power relationships that structure global politics and our everyday lives, and in finding new ways of using research and advocacy to make the world a better place. Till holds a Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Bristol, U.K.