On November 5 and 6, more than 350 participants from 25 countries came together in Antigua, Guatemala for Juntos Para La Acción (Together for Action), a major regional conference on youth violence and crime prevention in Latin America and the Caribbean. Democracy International organized the conference, which was sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Government of Guatemala and the World Bank. Participants included government officials, development practitioners, academics, activists and former gang members from throughout the region.

The widespread violence that plagued the 2014 parliamentary elections in Bangladesh shocked many there by threatening the tolerance and pluralism that are core tenets of the country’s identity and stability. In response to this violence, Democracy International and 15 partner organizations launched a nationwide campaign called “Stop Violence, Build a Peaceful Nation” on October 2, the United Nations International Day of Non-Violence.

For the October 26 parliamentary elections in Tunisia—the first free and competitive elections for a permanent parliament held in that country—Democracy International and its Tunisian partner I Watch pioneered a new approach to election observation that blends elements of traditional observation with crowdsourced recruiting and online training and deployment tools.

Since 2013, Democracy International has actively supported a civil society network that has quickly risen as a prominent voice in the conversation on credible elections in Afghanistan. The Afghanistan Civil Society Elections Network (ACSEN), which started as a group of 11 organizations in July 2013, is now a leading voice setting the agenda for electoral reform and includes more than 150 organizations representing all 34 provinces.