+ What the US election means for fragile states
International NGOs are often involved in monitoring elections in countries with fragile democratic processes.
The US election has brought the question of the integrity of elections in the wealthier 'North' into sharp relief.
DEVEX reports that The Carter Center, based in Atlanta Georgia which typically monitors three to five international elections each year, this year, turned its attention to its own country.
'...disinformation spreading, President Donald Trump discrediting the electoral process, and voter suppression in full force, The Carter Center decided to offer journalist training and public service campaigns.'
“The major issue is a lack of public trust that the election would be trustworthy, credible, and tested by the population as a whole. Now, this year, we have major candidates questioning whether the election results will be accepted,” said David Carroll, director of the organisation’s democracy program.
What happens in the US has a ripple effect around the world.
"...notwithstanding our own flaws, the U.S. has been a beacon and a model and a standard-setter. When it slides and it doesn’t play a leadership role and hold others accountable, we see that contributes to a decline in the rule of law globally," said Elizabeth Andersen, executive director at the World Justice Project.
It's important now that the US applies the lessons learnt of how to maintain peace after an election result.
"No country is immune from these kinds of challenges and the rule of law is a never-ending project to perfect, to develop and strengthen."