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Manager, Democracy and Governance Practice Susan Kemp

Susan Kemp is a democracy and governance specialist with more than 10 years of international development experience in areas such as elections, civil society strengthening, human rights, capacity development, advocacy and legal reform, and gender integration. Currently a manager on the democracy and governance practice, Ms. Kemp provides technical project and proposal support and supports knowledge sharing, internal capacity building, and thought leadership. Ms. Kemp has worked with several international non-governmental organizations, including World Vision, the National Democratic Institute, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, and Freedom House. She previously worked on programs globally to promote civic engagement and human rights, conducted research on women and local executive office and use of technology for women’s political engagement, and designed and conducted training on gender integration across democracy and governance technical areas. Ms. Kemp holds an M.A. in international human rights and a B.A. in political science.

Blog Posts by Susan Kemp

Can We Actually Think and Work Politically?

Development is not working — at least not at the scale or pace needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. This is the central, fact-based premise behind calls and movements to do development differently from host-country recipients of aid, international organizations, donors, and implementing partners. Such calls emphasize adaptive, locally-owned, problem-solving approaches to tackle chronic development challenges.…

Four Lessons for Sri Lanka from Bangladesh’s Right to Information Experience

Access to information is a fundamental right. More than 100 countries worldwide have adopted right to information (RTI) legislation, which are laws regulating public access to information, particularly from public institutions (sometimes referred to as access to information or freedom of information laws). These countries are increasingly recognizing the connection between good governance, accountability, and freedom of…