Since 2012 International IDEA develops knowledge resources, promotes institutional development and facilitates inclusive and informed dialogue about democratic reform options. International IDEA seeks to provide objective, neutral, non-prescriptive and informative perspectives on policy challenges for Myanmar’s democratic actors and decision-makers. In 2015, International IDEA is working in support of inclusive, democratic elections through capacity assistance to the Union Election Commission, civil society, media and other electoral stakeholders. This is as part of the Support to Electoral Processes and Democracy (STEP Democracy) project, a partnership with the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy (DIPD), Democracy Reporting International (DRI) and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and with the support of the European Union. In partnership with the Parliamentary Centre, Canada, International IDEA works to build parliamentary capacity to fulfil their oversight role, including of the budget.
On 18 January 2015, International IDEA Secretary-General Leterme presented the first edition of the ‘English-Myanmar Glossary of Democratic Terms’ to experts who contributed to it at International IDEA’s Myanmar office. The purpose of this publication – produced together with the Local Resource Centre (LRC), a Myanmar-based civil society organization - is to promote the development of a shared vocabulary and common definitions in Myanmar to discuss democratic developments, including gender issues.