Anna Lührmann is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Varieties of Democracy Institute (V-Dem) at the University of Gothenburg. Her research mainly focuses on democracy aid, elections, accountability and authoritarianism. Her doctoral thesis – completed in summer 2015 at Humboldt University (Berlin) – studies the electoral assistance efforts of the United Nations. From 2002-2009 she was a Member of the German National Parliament (Bundestag). After her tenure as MP, Anna Lührmann lived in Sudan for two years, where she acquired a MSc. degree in Gender and Peace Studies at Ahfad University. She also contributed to various governance capacity development activities in Sudan and throughout the MENA region (Egypt, Libya, Jordan, Tanzania). In partnership with NDI, she led the first capacity development workshops for women MPs in the newly elected Libyan parliament (2012). On behalf of UNDP’s Democratic Governance Group, she drafted a handbook on enhancing youth political participation throughout the electoral cycle.