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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Money in Politics: problems and solutions

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Assessing the Performance of the South African Constitution

20 May, 2016

Assessing the Performance of the South African Constitution

The idea that the performance of a constitution can be evaluated is a relatively recent one. With the growth and development of constitution making over the past three decades, an understanding of what constitutions seek to achieve and how they achieve has become increasingly important.

Are there better or worse ways of drafting constitutions for the purposes of achieving desired outcomes? How are we to understand the interaction between particular provisions or elements of a constitution and the concrete realities that unfold after the moment of constitution drafting?

This report—like the full-length study on which it is based—focuses on key tensions and stress points that have arisen in the past 20 years within the South African political community as a method of analysing some of the key goals of the Constitution and whether they have been met.

It draws on case law, reports by the government and non-governmental organizations, and other empirical data to assess the performance of the South African Constitution and offers a series of recommendations on potential changes to the Constitution that could help address its shortcomings.

Annual Results Report 2015

1 May, 2016

Annual Results Report 2015

The Annual Results Report 2015 provides an account of International IDEA’s partnerships and activities during 2015.

Democratic Accountability in Service Delivery: A practical guide to identify improvements through assessment (Spanish)

29 April, 2016

Democratic Accountability in Service Delivery: A practical guide to identify improvements through assessment (Spanish)

This guide contains an assessment methodology to identify improvements in democratic accountability mechanisms.

Electoral Law Reform in Africa: Insights into the Role of EMBs and Approaches to Engagements (French)

6 April, 2016

Electoral Law Reform in Africa: Insights into the Role of EMBs and Approaches to Engagements (French)

Explores EMB involvement electoral law reform in Africa and provides guidelines for EMB engagement.

6 April, 2016

Participation des jeunes aux processus électoraux : nouveaux rôles des organes africains de gestion des élections

New roles for EMBs in increasing youth participation in electoral processes.

27 June, 2016

Brexit: An opportunity for democracy

The people of the United Kingdom have spoken. In many ways, and for years to come, Brexit will have a profound impact on the United Kingdom, European Union (EU) and the world.

10 June, 2016

"Power in our Pockets" to premiere in Europe at Global Media Forum

"Power in our Pockets: Social Media, Money and Politics in the Digital Age", a film by International IDEA, explores how social media is affecting elections.

2 June, 2016

Dominican Republic opts for continuity

When the Dominican Republic held its elections on 15 May, there were no surprises. Danilo Medina, of the governing Partido de la Liberación Dominicana (PLD), was re-elected by a large margin.


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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.

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.

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.

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