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By Hakainde Hichilema and Darren Walker

The global community has convened for the second annual Summit for Democracy. Led by Costa Rica, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, the United States, and the Republic of Zambia, the gathering invites representatives from government, business, and civil society to share strategies for championing resilient and robust democracies—rooted in transparency, human rights, and collective dignity.

As the president of a host country and the leader of a foundation committed to human rights and ending inequality across the globe, we share an abiding commitment to the power of democracy—and a sense of urgency around the transformations necessary to make a brighter, more democratic future a reality.

The Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation is an independent organization working to address inequality and build a future grounded in justice. For more than 85 years, it has supported visionaries on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. Today, with an endowment of $16 billion, the foundation has headquarters in New York and 10 regional offices across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

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