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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International IDEA in the World

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Democracy and Development

Democracy and Development

International IDEA aims to strengthen political institutions to deliver on development.

Electoral Processes

Electoral Processes

International IDEA provides support for making electoral administration more professional.

Constitution Building Processes

Constitution Building Processes

International IDEA supports inclusive and participatory constitution-building processes

Political Parties, Participation and Representation

Political Parties, Participation and Representation

Representative democracy cannot function properly without parties.

Annual Results Report 2014

24 April, 2015

Annual Results Report 2014

The Annual Results Report 2014 provides an account of International IDEA’s partnerships and activities during 2014.

Democracy and the Pillars of UN Work

22 April, 2015

Democracy and the Pillars of UN Work

This box contains four discussion papers on democracy and pillar of UN Work.

State of Local Democracy Assessment Framework (French)

10 April, 2015

State of Local Democracy Assessment Framework (French)

Framework for assessing the quality of democracy at the local level.

Social Media: A Practical Guide for Electoral Management Bodies (Arabic)

17 March, 2015

Social Media: A Practical Guide for Electoral Management Bodies (Arabic)

This Guide is an introduction to the use of social media and provides EMBs with topics to reflect upon when responding to new communications realities.

Marginalized Groups and Constitution Building

19 January, 2015

Marginalized Groups and Constitution Building

Roundtable report looking at how traditionally excluded groups can engage in constitution-building processes.

28 May, 2015

Crisis or Transformation? A Conversation on Democracy

Next Thursday, 4 June, International IDEA and Club de Madrid are organizing a conversation on the quality of democracy in Europe.

22 May, 2015

Tenth World Economic Forum: Institutions and Leadership

International IDEA Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Daniel Zovatto, reflects on the outcomes of the Tenth World Economic Forum on Latin America, held in the Mayan Riviera from 7 – 8 May 2015.

17 May, 2015

Celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

On 17 May 1990, the WHO decided to remove homosexuality from its official list of mental disorders. This day is now a global celebration of sexual and gender diversity.


Spotlight on

Aid in Elections: How to Make International Aid to Elections Effective

Aid in Elections: How to Make International Aid to Elections Effective

Andrew Ellis, Interim Director of International IDEA for Asia and the Pacific, makes a presentation on ‘Making International Aid to Elections Effective’ at the 1st Seoul International Forum on Elections.

Announcing the winner of the 2015 annual IDEA/Electoral Integrity Project award

In September 2014 International IDEA and the Electoral Integrity Project (EIP; Harvard University & University of Sydney), the two sponsors, invited submissions for the second electoral integrity graduate student essay competition.

Secretary-General strengthens relations with Chile

International IDEA´s Secretary-General, Mr Yves Leterme, went on a working mission to Chile from April 13 to April 15. The Secretary-General was accompanied by International IDEA´s Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Mr Daniel Zovatto. Chile is one of the founding members of the Institute and has been a strong advocate for more and better democracy the past two decades, not only in its country and region, but also worldwide.

Statement from the Secretary-General: Earthquake in Nepal

Our thoughts at this time are with the people of Nepal, India and Bangladesh affected by the earthquake that struck northwest of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu.

Yves Leterme lecturing at the Harvard Kennedy School

Yves Leterme lecturing at the Harvard Kennedy School

International IDEA´s Secretary-General Yves Leterme, gave a lecture at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts on efforts to strengthen democracy worldwide, the lessons learned and the challenges ahead. (23 April 2015)

Chile to host International IDEA Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean
Photo: ©: Presidencia de la República de Chile/Presidency of the Republic of Chile

Chile to host International IDEA Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean

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.

Constitution-Building Tools for Experts and Beginners

Constitution-Building Tools for Experts and Beginners

International IDEA’s Constitution Building Programme offers new and updated print and online resources.

IDEA Updates and Expands the Electoral Justice Database

IDEA Updates and Expands the Electoral Justice Database

The legal documents of more than 170 countries have been analyzed and the results are now available online in the new version of the Electoral Justice Database.

Launch of Spanish Portal

Launch of Spanish Portal

International IDEA has now launched a Spanish language site with links to our resources and databases.

Electoral Risk Management Tool

Electoral Risk Management Tool

Over 40 organizations from 30 countries have been granted a free-of-charge license to use the Tool.

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

Voter Turnout Analyzer

Voter Turnout Analyzer

Visualize and share your data

The Voter Turnout Analyzer is a new tool that lets users produce graphics in different formats to illustrate statistics on voter participation.

The Online Electoral Cycle

The Online Electoral Cycle

Allows users to create a tailored cycle based on who they are and how they want to strengthen the electoral process.

Agora - Portal for Parliamentary Development

Agora - Portal for Parliamentary Development

IDEA welcomes launch of new AGORA website

Unified Database

Unified Database

Community-supported democracy and election data

State of Democracy Network

State of Democracy Network

Helps citizens to assess the quality of their democracy

Voter Turnout

Voter Turnout

A global collection of voter turnout statistics

iKNOW Politics

iKNOW Politics

The International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics

ACE Electoral Knowledge Network

ACE Electoral Knowledge Network

Your Portal to the World of Elections

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