Taking the pulse of democracy around the globe
Bruno Kaufmann, swissinfo.ch's global democracy correspondent, has just returned from his 200-day "modern democracy" world tour. In his backpack: fascinating stories and challenging insights.
During his travels over five continents, the Swedish-Swiss democracy reporter met activists, campaigners for independence, local journalists and Buddhist monks, as well as mayors, diplomats, curious border officials and many other interesting people in 100 cities of 20 countries.
Academics and the media may be debating the worldwide decline of democratic practices, but Kaufmann found plenty of evidence to the contrary: a world full of encouraging developments and little-known achievements.
In most cases, while national entities are often struggling, democratic progress is visible in cities and provinces. Go local (and regional) to win a global approach to modern democracy, Kaufmann says.
Retrace his 200-day voyage by clicking on some of the 20 stops.
In compliance with the JTI standards
More: SWI swissinfo.ch certified by the Journalism Trust Initiative
Contributions under this article have been turned off. You can find an overview of ongoing debates with our journalists here. Please join us!
If you want to start a conversation about a topic raised in this article or want to report factual errors, email us at email@example.com.