Money and politics are linked in ways that often cause problems. And with the costs of elections escalating and the difficulty of creating enough transparency an ongoing challenge, “following the money” is a daunting proposition.  As Regional Director of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, Daniel Zovatto is a recognized expert on campaign financing and corruption in elections. He shares thoughts on both the scope of the problem and possible solutions in this Latin American Program 40th Anniversary edition of Wilson Center NOW.


Daniel Zovatto has served as Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of International IDEA since 1997. Dr. Zovatto has achieved a deep knowledge of the Latin American and Caribbean region, as well as of its principal political actors and institutions. He has occupied managerial and upper-level director’s positions for over twenty-five years. He has designed, negotiated and supervised over 100 technical assistance and political advisory programs related to democratic governance, elections, political parties, electoral management bodies, parliaments, judiciary branches, ombudsman’s and human rights offices, reforms of democratic institutions,  and constitutional reforms in the 18 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. He also has an extensive political and electoral background in negotiation and administration of financial resources. Dr. Zovatto is a political analyst for various Latin American publications in Political Sciences, as well as of CNN en Español, and UNIVISION; an international speaker and visiting professor at universities in Latin America, Europe and North America; a consultant for international organizations and agencies, and an advisor to numerous Latin American governments, as well as a member of editorial boards of prestigious political journals. He is also a member of the International Advisory Council of the Woodrow Wilson international Center for Scholars for the Latin American Program.


John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.