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.

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.

English-Myanmar Glossary of Democratic Terms (Myanmar)

17 January, 2015

English-Myanmar Glossary of Democratic Terms (Myanmar)

Provides accessible and value-neutral explanations of terms relevant to Myanmar’s transition to democracy.

17 April, 2015

International IDEA’s side event on “Enhancing Political Participation of Indigenous Peoples and the Post-2015 Development Agenda”. New York, 20 April 2015

The event will take place on Monday, 20 April 2015 from 13:15 to 14:30 (EST), in New York.

13 April, 2015

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

International IDEA are proud to announce the decision that member state Chile has formally agreed to host International IDEA’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean.

7 April, 2015

Towards a Robust Electoral Decision Support System: Nepal's Experiences in Utilizing International IDEA ERMTool for better informed decision making

"The biggest risk is not taking any risk…. In a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks." Through the above statement, Mark Zuckerberg precisely observes the importance of managing risks. Risks are not only inevitable but have become an essential part of modern day world.


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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

Closing the Gaps - CSW59

Closing the Gaps - CSW59

Panelists at International IDEA and the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy’s (NIMD) side-event at the 59th Commission on the Status of Women on 13 March discussed gains made and areas for improvement in women’s participation and representation in Latin American, North African and East African contexts.

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.

20th Anniversary Essay Competition

20th Anniversary Essay Competition

Are you passionate about democracy and between 18 and 25? Enter our essay competition!

Lessons from Belgium
Photo: Kenji Kwok

Lessons from Belgium

Political power games need to take a back seat when debating the constitution because one is governed by personal short-term ambition, and the other is of long-term national importance.

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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