Development Day 2019 – The Long Shadow of Transition: The State of Democracy in Eastern Europe

On November 12, SITE with financial support from the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs will be organizing the annual Development Day 2019 conference at the Stockholm School of Economics. The topic of this year’s conference is the Long Shadow of Transition: the State of Democracy in Eastern Europe.

For most countries in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, the main building blocks of the economic transition from a command economy to a market economy took around 10 years to accomplish. In terms of political institutions and social norms, change has been much slower and more uneven. This years’s Development Day will shed light on the weak political checks and balances, corruption and authoritarianism within Eastern Europe, but also peace and cooperation in Europe more generally. Consequently, the Swedish government has identified democracy promotion in Eastern Europe as a priority area for its foreign policy.

Development Day 2019 will feature a combination of presentations and panel discussions. The Swedish government’s view and priorities in this area will be presented as well as perspectives and priorities from different sectors of society.

Lunch and coffee will be served at the event.

Date: November 12, 9:00 – 17:00
Place: SSE, Stora Salen 7th floor, Holländargatan 32, 113 59 Stockholm.
RSVP: Please note that the number of seats for this event is limited, therefore we kindly ask you to only register if you know that you will be able to attend. Register below!



Read more about the previous Development Day conferences:

Develoment Day 2018 – Gender Equality and Economic Development: From Research to Action
Development Day 2017 – Financing for Development: Where are we now?
Development Day 2016 – Traces of transition: Unfinished business 25 years down the road? 
Development Day 2015 – Finance for Sustainable Development


Read the full program below!