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IDB approves $1 million grant to OAS to strengthen democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Inter-American Development Bank announced today the approval of a $1 million grant to be administered by the Organization of American States for a program to train leaders in Latin America and the Caribbean to strengthen democracy and human rights.

The OAS will be in charge of overseeing the design and implementation of a program in which outstanding academic institutions at the national level will be selected to offer courses through a competitive process.

Courses will cover theories of democracy, how democratic institutions work in the region and subregion, democratic values and practices, and the theory and practice of human rights and the need to respect, promote, and protect these rights.

Other subjects to be covered will be political management and the use of technology in government, political negotiation and mediation, and public participation and consultation in the legislative process.

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