CIVIL SOCIETY CAPACITIES BUILT BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT IN DEMOCRACY
The immersion program in the United States of America “International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) 2020” ended on Thursday September 17, 2020. Started on August 17, 2020, this prestigious and selective program initiated by the State Department in collaboration with US Embassy in Cote d’Ivoire, had the participation of ten (10) Ivorian civil society organizations. These are precisely people from the media, religion, and civil society organizations. The IVLP 2020 program was virtual and focused on “democracy and electoral processes”. It was about capacity building and experience sharing on the socio-political situation of Cote d’Ivoire and the United States. To this end, visits were made to Washington DC, seat of the US government, Manchester the largest city in the state of New Hampshire, and Detroit the largest city in the state of Michigan. The visits have benefited the functioning of the US government, the political system of democracy and the electoral processes in the United States alongside those in Cote d’Ivoire. For His Excellency Mr. Richard Bell, Ambassador of the United States of America to Cote d’Ivoire, “Democracy is the best form of government because it allows peaceful regime change and respect for individual freedoms. Democracy wants power to be limited, tempered …” In addition, the participants met politicians, representatives of the Republican and Democratic parties, the Dearborn police, women from American civil society (League of Women Voters and New American Leaders), Journalists ( Bridge), Communicators (LG Communication). Meetings with American families provided an understanding of the vastness and diversity of the United States. This rich program allowed participants to be even better equipped to better invest in peacekeeping, peacemaking and peacebuilding activities in Cote d’Ivoire.