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 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.

Atlas of Electoral Gender Quotas

20 June, 2014

Atlas of Electoral Gender Quotas

Presents an overview on the use and implementation of gender quotas around the world.

Master of Electoral Policy and Administration: An Overview of the Model Curriculum

17 June, 2014

Master of Electoral Policy and Administration: An Overview of the Model Curriculum

Offers a comprehensive one-year training programme for election professionals.

Publications Catalogue 2014

1 June, 2014

Publications Catalogue 2014

Highlights new releases in 2013.

Politics Meets Policies: The Emergence of Programmatic Political Parties

21 May, 2014

Politics Meets Policies: The Emergence of Programmatic Political Parties

This publication examines what drives and strengthens programmatic politics.

Political Party Dialogue: A Facilitator's Guide (French)

15 May, 2014

Political Party Dialogue: A Facilitator's Guide (French)

La coopération entre les partis politiques est tout aussi indispensable pour garantir l’ancrage de la démocratie, au-delà de la compétition électorale. Le dialogue entre partis politiques se déroule généralement dans le cadre d’institutions démocratiques, telles que les parlements nationaux. Toutefois, le dialogue parlementaire seul ne permet pas toujours d’aller au bout du consensus ou du compromis. C’est pourquoi ce guide souligne aussi l’importance de disposer d’espaces plus dynamiques de dialogue entre partis politiques.

Ce guide, qui s’appuie sur des études de cas issues de plusieurs pays, permettra aux acteurs concernés d’évaluer les conditions générales d’un dialogue entre partis politiques, d’instaurer la confiance, de mettre en place et d’organiser des dialogues, d’en établir les objectifs et l’agenda, de faciliter en douceur le passage des différentes étapes de leur évolution, de veiller à ce qu’ils aboutissent à des résultats significatifs et, enfin et surtout, de favoriser la mise en oeuvre des ententes et accords obtenus.

20 August, 2014

Seminario Internacional “Elecciones y Tecnología” a realizarse en Santo Domingo República Dominicana los días 21 y 22 de agosto de 2014

En este evento se contará con la participación de magistrados electorales, reconocidos académicos y otros expertos.

14 August, 2014

International Seminar on illicit financing of politics in Peru

As Peru prepares for the coming regional and municipal elections, national and international experts will gather in Lima on 19 and 20 August for an international seminar on “Financing of Politics in Peru.” The aim is to analyze the role of money in politics, the role of political organizations in the country’s institutions and the financing of the current electoral campaign.

14 August, 2014

Seminario internacional sobre financiamiento ilícito en la política del Perú

En momentos en que el país está próximo a los comicios regionales y municipales se reunirán en Lima, este 18 y 19 de agosto, expertos nacionales e internacionales en el seminario internacional “Financiamiento de la Política en el Perú”, para analizar el rol del dinero en la política y evaluar el papel de las organizaciones políticas en la vida institucional del país y el financiamiento obtenido en la actual campaña electoral.


Spotlight on

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.

Film Release

Film Release

Making Waves: Expressions of Gender Equality in the Sacred Texts and Islamic Tradition

Release date: 20 March 2014

Film Release

Film Release

Citizen-Led Democracy Assessments around the world
Release date: 12 February, 2014

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.

Youth and Democracy: Is there a Crisis?

Youth and Democracy: Is there a Crisis?

Democracy Forum opening video - voices of youth

Global Launch of the Electoral Risk Management Tool at the UN

Global Launch of the Electoral Risk Management Tool at the UN

On Wednesday 13 November 2013, International IDEA’s Electoral Risk Management Tool (ERMTool) held its global launch at United Nations Headquarters, in New York City.

“Strengthening Voices for Democracy”

“Strengthening Voices for Democracy”

What is your favourite democracy quote?

Share it with us on Twitter using #ideaquotes @Int_IDEA

Agora - Portal for Parliamentary Development

Agora - Portal for Parliamentary Development

IDEA welcomes launch of new AGORA website

Development Shouldn’t Give Democracy the Cold Shoulder

Development Shouldn’t Give Democracy the Cold Shoulder

IDEA Secretary-General Vidar Helgesen’s thoughts in Foreign Policy magazine on the #post2015 UN High Level Panel.

Third High Level Meeting of the Inter-Regional Dialogue on Democracy

”Upholding and strengthening the Rule of Law in our Regions”
Brussels, Belgium, 28 May 2013

Twitter icon #demdialog13

New video About IDEA

New video About IDEA

In this film, find out more about IDEA's vision and mission, its key impact areas, where it works – with whom and how – to support sustainable democracy worldwide.

International IDEA on your mobile devices

International IDEA on your mobile devices

Access a slimmed-down and easy to navigate version of IDEA’s website automatically when browsing from any mobile device.

Political Finance Database – a revised, extended version!

Political Finance Database – a revised, extended version!

The new and updated version was released on the 1st of March 2012. International IDEA’s database on Political Finance is the world’s leading source of comparative information on political finance regulations.

GEPPAL - Gender and political parties in Latin America

GEPPAL - Gender and political parties in Latin America

Provides comparative data on women and men in political parties in Latin America, based on a survey of 94 political parties from 18 countries.

شبكــة المعـرفـــة الانتـخابـــــية (ACE)

شبكــة المعـرفـــة الانتـخابـــــية (ACE)

شبكة أيس للمعرفة الانتخابية هي دليــــلك الى عالم الانتخابات . تعزز شبكة أيس مصداقية وشفافية العمليات الانتخابية.

Quota Project

Quota Project

Global Database of Quotas for Women

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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