The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance

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The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. International IDEA’s mission is to support sustainable democratic change by providing comparative knowledge, and assisting in democratic reform, and influencing policies and politics.

What is International IDEA?

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization with a mission to support sustainable democracy worldwide.

The objectives of the Institute are to support stronger democratic institutions and processes, and more sustainable, effective and legitimate democracy.

International IDEA is the only global intergovernmental organization with the sole mandate of supporting democracy; IDEA’s vision is to be the primary global actor in sharing comparative knowledge and experience in support of democracy.

What does International IDEA do?

International IDEA produces comparative knowledge in its key areas of expertise: electoral processes, constitution building, political participation and representation, and democracy and development, as well as on democracy as it relates to gender, diversity, and conflict and security. IDEA brings this knowledge to national and local actors who are working for democratic reform, and facilitates dialogue in support of democratic change. In its work, IDEA aims for:
  • Increased capacity, legitimacy and credibility of democracy
  • More inclusive participation and accountable representation
More effective and legitimate democracy cooperation

How does International IDEA work?

Because democracy grows from within societies, it is constantly evolving. There is no single and universally applicable model of democracy; the critical choices are best made, and the quality of democracy best gauged, by the citizens themselves. IDEA’s work reflects this; the Institute’s work is organized at global, regional and country level, focusing on the citizen as the driver of change. IDEA’s work is non-prescriptive and IDEA takes an impartial and collaborative approach to democracy cooperation; emphasizing diversity in democracy, equal political participation, representation of women and men in politics and decision making, and helping to enhance the political will required for change. The Institute brings together a wide range of political entities and opinion leaders. By convening seminars, conferences and capacity building workshops, IDEA facilitates the exchange of knowledge and experience at global, regional and national levels.

Where does International IDEA work?

International IDEA works worldwide. Based in Stockholm, Sweden, the Institute has offices in the Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, and West Asia and North Africa regions. International IDEA is a Permanent Observer to the United Nations.

“The Future of Political Parties in the Context of Citizen Protest Movements: How can Political Parties Respond?”

Panel Discussion (Moderated by the “IDEA International”) - Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy 2014: "A World without Walls" (Berlin; November 8th, 2014)

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"Introduction to International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA)"

A Lecture by the Hon. Yves Leterme (Secretary General of "International IDEA") - (Berlin; October 7th, 2014)

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