The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance is an intergovernmental organization.

Its programmes aim to:

  • Provide knowledge to democracy builders
  • Provide policy development and analysis
  • Support democratic reform

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Democracy Day 2016

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Political finance and the equal participation of women in Tunisia: a situation analysis

10 August, 2016

Political finance and the equal participation of women in Tunisia: a situation analysis

The proportion of women in the Tunisian Parliament is impressive, but is not matched by gender equality in other areas, such as in the cabinet or the leadership of parliamentary committees. Creating opportunities for further advances in gender equality requires work on many fronts, such as addressing social attitudes to women and men, improved education and training for women and legal protection with regard to violence against women.

This report makes recommendations on how reforms related to the role of money in politics could help women participate and continue to be engaged in politics. These include providing increased public funding to lists headed by women; and providing ongoing public funding to political parties, with specific funds earmarked for activities related to gender equality. Increased transparency in political parties and election campaigns could also, with time, help to balance the participation of women and men in the political sphere.

Prioritizing Justice: Electoral Justice in Conflict-Affected Countries and Countries in Political Transition

4 August, 2016

Prioritizing Justice: Electoral Justice in Conflict-Affected Countries and Countries in Political Transition

When a country begins a political transition away from violent conflict or non-democratic rule, there are many difficult steps that it must take. Developing an electoral justice system, which includes the means and mechanisms to ensure that electoral integrity is maintained or restored when an electoral process is damaged by repression, misconduct, or irregularities, may appear to decision-makers to be a secondary concern or even an afterthought.

This Policy Paper argues for the establishment of an electoral justice system at the outset of a transition, and before initial elections are held. It explains why doing so, despite the challenges, is so important, and offers recommendations on how to develop such systems, in an environment where an adequate legal framework and strong electoral justice institutions may not yet exist.

Assessing the Quality of Democracy: An Overview of the International IDEA Framework (Myanmar)

1 August, 2016

Assessing the Quality of Democracy: An Overview of the International IDEA Framework (Myanmar)

This Overview presents International IDEA’s State of Democracy (SoD) Assessment Framework. Developed for public use around the world; the SoD Framework has to date been applied in some 20 countries worldwide since its first launch in 2000.

The Framework is comprehensive and emphasizes an approach where assessments are led and owned by local actors. It moves away from the practice of ranking democratic performance and making external judgements. It combines a commitment to the principles of democracy, mediating values, and search questions that look beyond the formal existence of democratic institutions, and focuses, more importantly, on their performance.

The Overview also links assessment to reform and in doing so, highlights achievements and challenges as well as lessons learnt from previous assessment experiences.

Others seeking to apply the Framework in their countries stand to benefit greatly from the experiences, lessons and insights shared from the State of Democracy Network -- a community of practice that has applied the SoD assessment Framework in their countries and regions. 

Politics Meets Policies: The Emergence of Programmatic Political Parties (Arabic)

20 July, 2016

Politics Meets Policies: The Emergence of Programmatic Political Parties (Arabic)

Politicians tied to a set of policies provide people with actual choices. They attract like-minded activists, campaign in more focused ways, and build an attractive party label. Last but not least, they are more likely to succeed in public office.

Political parties in many countries are struggling to shift from personality-based or clientelistic-focused approaches—to more programme-based strategies as they reach out to voters.

What features do successful programmatic parties exhibit that others lack? How is their success related to the quality of their leadership, the prosperity of the country, or the capacity of the state? What impact do economic or political crises exert on how politicians behave? Why must programmatic parties be considered together with citizens demanding better services?

This book is based on the work carried out by three teams of political scientists who examined what drives and strengthens programmatic politics, even under unlikely conditions. The authors draw lessons from Brazil, Bulgaria, the Dominican Republic, India, South Korea, Ukraine, Taiwan, Turkey, and Zambia, and uses the most up to date and comprehensive research on democratic accountability and citizen-politician linkages.

السياسيون الملتزمون بمجموعة من السياسات يوفرون للناس خيارات حقيقية. فهم يجتذبون النشطاء الذين يشاطرونهم أفكارهم، ينظمون حملاتهم بطرق أكثر تركيزاً، ويضعون شعارات حزبية أكثر جاذبية. أخيراً وليس آخراً، من المرجح أن يحقق مثل هؤلاء السياسيين نجاحاً أكبر في المناصب العامة.

تصارع الأحزاب السياسية في العديد من البلدان للتحول من المقاربات القائمة على شخصيات الزعماء والعلاقات الزبائنية الى استراتيجيات تستند بشكل أكبر إلى البرامج في تواصلها مع الناخبين.

ما هي الخصائص التي تتسم بها الأحزاب البرامجية والتي تفتقر إليها الأحزاب الأخرى؟ ما علاقة نجاحها بجودة قياداتها، أو رخاء البلاد، أو قدرات الدولة؟ ما هو الأثر الذي تحدثه الأزمات الاقتصادية أو السياسية على سلوك السياسيين؟ لماذا ينبغي دراسة العلاقة التي تربط الأحزاب البرامجية بالمواطنين المطالبين بخدمات أفضل؟

يستند هذا الكتاب إلى العمل الذي قامت به ثلاثة فرق من علماء السياسات درست العوامل التي تدفع وتعزز قوة السياسات البرامجية، حتى في الظروف غير المشجعة.يستخلص المؤلفون دروس من البرازيل، وبلغاريا، وجمهورية الدومينيكان، والهند، وكوريا الجنوبية، وأوكرانيا، وتايوان، وتركيا، وزامبيا، ويستخدمون أحدث الأبحاث المتعلقة بالمساءلة الديمقراطية والعلاقات بين المواطنين والسياسيين وأكثرها شمولية.

Constitution Assessment for Women's Equality

11 July, 2016

Constitution Assessment for Women's Equality

This Assessment helps users analyse a constitution or draft constitution from the perspective of the substantive equality of women. 


22 August, 2016

Democracy Forum 2016: An Inter-Generational Dialogue on Democratic Transitions

Our Annual Democracy Forum is being held in Mongolia from 25-26 August. The theme: Learning form Democratic Transitions in Asia and the Pacific.

28 July, 2016

Political Implications of the draft Constitution of Thailand: A Conversation with Prof Tom Ginsburg and Mr Khem­thong Tonsakul­rungruang

In anticipation of Thailand’s referendum on its draft Constitution, I had a conversation with two constitutional experts, Prof Tom Ginsburg and Mr Khemthong Tonsakulrungruang, about its process and content, as well as the possible political consequences of the referendum. The referendum is set to take place on 7 August 2016.

19 July, 2016

Championing discourse on democracy and elections at 24th World Congress of Political Science

At the congress taking place on 23-27 July 2016 at Poznan, Poland, International IDEA is set to lead discussions on key democracy issues and topics.


Spotlight on

7th Global Elections Organization Conference (GEO-7)

Join technical discussions of interest to election administrators on the use of data and technology to improve transparency and accountability. GEO-7 will take place immediately after the U.S. Election Program (USEP) in Washington, DC.

Register Now November 6-10, 2016
Democracy Day 2016

Democracy Day 2016

Shape your world! Register for a full-day conference at Europahuset on 15 September to discuss democracy politics with us. 

Annual Democracy Forum 2016

Annual Democracy Forum 2016

As Chair of the Council of Member States of International IDEA in 2016, Mongolia is organizing, with International IDEA, the Annual Democracy Forum on the theme “Learning from Democratic Transitions in Asia and the Pacific: An Inter-Generational Dialogue” in Ulaanbaator, 25 -26 August.

New Database Available: ICTs in Elections

New Database Available: ICTs in Elections

Do you want to know how ICTs are used in elections around the world? Explore our new global database.

International IDEA Expands Direct Democracy Database

International IDEA Expands Direct Democracy Database

International IDEA has updated and expanded the content of the Direct Democracy database which provides data for more than 180 countries.

Electoral Risk Management Tool

Electoral Risk Management Tool

Over 140 organizations from 54 countries have been granted a free-of-charge license to use the Tool.

To learn more, register your interest, and receive your ERMT license:
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