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Tarek Zeidan

Tarek Zeidan

Tarek is a sexual and bodily rights activist from Beirut, Lebanon advocating for the rights and protection of LGBT individuals and groups in the MENA region... Read more about Tarek Zeidan
Kat Geddes

Kat Geddes

Kat Geddes practised as a junior attorney in an international law firm in Sydney, Australia, before completing her Master of Laws at Cambridge University,...

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Andy  Vo

Andy Vo

Andy Vo is a second year Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is currently a Thomas R. Pickering...

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Jaclyn Dean

Jaclyn Dean

Jaclyn Dean is a Master in Public Policy 2017 candidate and a Belfer International and Global Affairs Student Fellow. At HKS, she helps lead the Gender...

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In the Democratic Republic of Congo, donations were too little too late

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, donations were too little too late

November 29, 2016

Written by Carr Center Research Assistant Tom O'Bryan.

Countless studies have shown that democracies are less likely to go to war, torture their own citizens, and censor the media. That's one reason why Western governments and philanthropic foundations funnel more than $10 billion every year into promoting democracy overseas. For example, donors fund efforts to help train election observers, educate voters about their rights, and train local media outlets to cover political issues.

In the last year, more than $70 million have been spent on such projects in the...

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