Deputy Prime Minister Leanca launches LEND Network in Moldova

This project has been organized by the Club de Madrid in cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Moldova, OpenText, the U.S. State Department and the Community of Democracies. This meeting will be followed by the second of the series organized by the Club de Madrid, in Tunis, Tunisia, at the end of November, and by a final briefing meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, during the first half of 2013. The meeting has received funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), and the United States Agency for International Development.

Club de Madrid Members, Prime Minister of Romania (1989-1991), Petre Roman, and President of Albany (1997-2002), Rexhep Meidani, have joined President Constantinescu and other high level political and civil society representatives in this forum that supports Moldova in its efforts to build a democracy that delivers.

The purpose of these meetings in Moldova and Tunisia is to allow participants of the online virtual platform to have face-to-face exchanges with Club de Madrid Members and the Mentors/ Advisors that actively participate in the Network in the cyberspace.

You can check out here the agenda for this meeting.

The LEND initiative leverages expertise from the Club de Madrid and 21st century technologies developed by Google, OpenText and Dialcom to connect leaders who have successfully navigated the challenges of democratization with leaders in emerging democracies. It will augment face-to-face meetings with ongoing peer-to-peer exchanges via a sophisticated, secure virtual platform using technologies developed by Google and Open Text.

Beginning in 2012, the project is aimed to provide peer advice, peer support and capacity building to political leaders and policy makers in Eastern Europe and North Africa. The LEND Network will generate the following outputs:

  • A secure, self-perpetuating community that operates in a largely virtual setting with the goal of sharing information and expertise about democratization.
  • The project will deploy tools for online voice, video, and text communication along with new translation technology to address the cost and logistical barriers that have limited such efforts in the past.
  • Sustained participation from a user base that brings together world class experts representing more than twenty countries.
  • The Two face-to-face meetings in Moldovia and Tunisia that will bring together members of the Club de Madrid and participants of the LEND Network

The LEND Network is filling a crucial need. Currently, there is no mechanism to facilitate real-time information sharing between leaders in new democracies and leaders that have successfully navigated the challenges of democratization. A global forum for exchanging information and expertise on democratization will support leaders as they work to build strong, accountable institutions and establish the rule of law.

In addition, specific themes that are key for the consolidation of their respective democratic system will be discussed, ensuring that the political and governmental experience and political expertise that Club de Members bears as well as the theoretical and hands on experience of LEND Advisors are shared with selected democratic leaders and practitioners from Moldova and Tunisia.


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