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Nepal 2017

Democratic Republic of the Congo 2016

Photo Courtesy of ANJE

Dominican Republic 2016

Curacao International Financial Services Association

Curaçao 2016

Photo courtesy of the  Asociación de Gerentes de Guatemala

Guatemala 2015

Peru 2016

Serbia 2016

Photo courtesy of Merundoi Inc

Guyana 2016

Photo courtesy of Argentina Debate

Argentina 2015

Photo courtesy NDI

Kyrgyzstan 2015 

Haiti 2015

photo courtesy Presidential Debate Task Force

Malawi 2014

photo courtesy DENDE

Paraguay 2013

photo courtesy NDI

Macedonia 2013

photo courtesy NEDG

Nigeria 2013

photo courtesy FUNCICAR

Colombia 2013

photo courtesy TTDC

Trinidad and Tobago 2013

photo courtesy NDI

Cambodia 2012

photo courtesy JDC

Jamaica 2011

Common wisdom states that debates rarely sway the audience from their preferred choice but in a country like Kenya, they provide the closest thing to a level playing field for aspirants who lack...

The Deepening Democracy Coalition (DDC), which includes the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Liberia Media Center (LMC), Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia...


Welcome to Debates International

This website is intended to serve as a comparative international resource for groups organizing candidate debates for a range of elected offices. The site includes examples of practical organizational and production information from debate sponsoring organizations from around the globe primarily members of Debates International, an informal association of new and longstanding debate groups. It also includes updates on the activities of these debate groups and highlights recent news and analysis on candidate debates.

This site is maintained by the National Democratic Institute. These resources have been made available based on the conviction that there is no one right way to organize candidate debates. Each country must develop debates that reflect its culture and politics, and all debate groups can benefit from the experiences of their counterparts in other countries. We hope that this is a useful resource and welcome your comments and suggestions.

English Publication Date: August 15, 2017 Source: Daily Observer Country: Liberia

The “Ducor Debates” is being held under the authority of the Liberia Media Development Initiative (LMDI) and the Public Trust Media Group (PTMG),...

English Publication Date: August 15, 2017 Source: News in English Country: International

“Fragmented,” “unclear” and “chaotic” were among words used to describe the first organized and nationally televised debate among the leaders of...

English Publication Date: July 29, 2017 Source: The Star Country: Kenya

Mike Sonko and Peter Kenneth are not attending the Nairobi governor aspirants' debate taking place at Crowne Plaza Hotel.

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Aug 8 2017 (All day)
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Aug 4 2017 (All day)

Video courtesy of the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG).

Date (time EST):
Aug 3 2017 (All day)

Video courtesy of the Instituto Nacional Electoral (INE) in Mexico.