What do citizens want out of democracy?

Yves Leterme, secretary-general of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, discusses what people want out of democracy.

For people who want to be empowered and become part of the decision-making process in politics, democracy is the only way to go — but why?

Democracies work because they give people the voice and the platform they need to carve out and establish the means to advance their own development as well as elect leaders and make them accountable, Yves Leterme, secretary-general of the International IDEA, the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, told Devex Associate Editor Richard Jones in this video interview in the Mokolodi National Park in advance of the Annual Democracy Forum 2014 in Gaborone, Botswana.

Examining democracy and how it works for a country’s development process in a multidimensional perspective, he added, is crucial because there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to democracy and development.

Watch the above clip to learn more insights from Leterme about the potential and pitfalls of democracy for development and the experiences how several countries around the world in this sense.

#DemocracyMatters is a three-week series exploring the intersection of democracy, development and natural resources management in partnership with International IDEA, the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.

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    Lean Alfred Santos is a Devex development reporter focusing on the development community in Asia-Pacific, including major players such as the Asian Development Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Prior to joining Devex, he covered Philippine and international business and economic news, sports and politics. Lean is based in Manila.