International Electoral and Democratic Development
For several decades, Grant Kippen has provided senior level electoral and democratic development expertise to countries located in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia. He works closely, with election commissions, political parties, civil society organizations, national governments, and the international donor community to improve the knowledge, practice, and processes that lead to credible, transparent and inclusive elections.
In many countries around the world, Grant has been responsible for leading multi-million dollar electoral, political party and democratic development projects, often involving several hundred national staff. In that capacity, he has built sustainable partnerships with key national and international stakeholder groups. He has worked in conflict and post-conflict countries, as well as in countries that are under going changes to their electoral systems, including Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Egypt, Georgia, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Jordan, Libya, Moldova, Nepal, Pakistan, Sudan, Timor Leste, Ukraine and Yemen.
Electoral Dispute Resolution
In 2005 and again in 2009, Grant was the Chairman of the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) in Afghanistan that investigated and adjudicated thousands of alleged election related violations. He has also provided technical assistance to electoral management bodies committed to improving the transparency, accessibility and credibility of their electoral dispute resolution processes in such countries as Georgia, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Nepal and Pakistan.
Technical Assessment Missions
Over the years, Grant has participated in technical assessment missions that were responsible for identifying areas for potential programmatic support in the elections and democratic development fields.
Grant has held accredited observer status in a number of countries including Afghanistan, Cambodia, Pakistan, Sudan, Timor Leste and Ukraine.
A seasoned speaker and panelist, Grant has participated in a wide array of international and national fora and workshops focused on the challenges of electoral reform and democratic development. He has offered media commentary to outlets including Al Jazeera, BBC, CBC, CTV, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, La Presse, Financial Times, The Telegraph, Le Monde, and Maclean's magazine.
Frost Over the World
The Globe and Mail
Over the years Grant has authored, or co-authored, a number of published papers and articles on topics ranging from e-democracy to the future of democracy in Afghanistan.
International Capacity Building
Hillbrooke Group associates have provided counsel and support to a wide range of domestic and multilateral agencies and institutions devoted to international development and capacity building. These include: