What we did: We provided up-to-date data and analyses on country profiles and trends across regions.

What we achieved: Our Global Monitor data was referenced in several organizations’ publications, dialogues and debates on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on democracy.

Impact area: Democratic Assessments

Project: Global Monitor of COVID-19’s Impact on Democracy and Human Rights

Donor: European Union

Award period: June 2020 to February 2022 | March 2022 to December 2023

Boundary partners: International, regional and country-level civil society actors


International IDEA’s Global Monitor of COVID-19’s Impact on Democracy and Human Rights was launched in July 2020, with high-level presence and support from the European Union and the European Parliament. The Monitor is a ‘one-stop shop’ online monitoring tool of the democracy and human rights implications of measures adopted by governments to curb the Covid-19 pandemic. 

This digital platform is updated every two weeks and includes the 165 countries covered by the Global State of Democracy Indices, aggregating up-to-date information to offer individual country profiles, with links and data of events and trends across regions. The Global Monitor supports governments and various civil society actors to engage in evidence-based discussions and debates on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on democracy.

The Global Monitor’s data was used in the drafting of Estonia’s Open Government Partnership Action Plan 2018-2020. The Global Monitor data has also been featured in reports and publications by UN Women, the Knowledge, evidence and learning for development programme (K4D), the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), V-Dem’s study on democracy and effectiveness in addressing epidemics, as well as in a book titled Social Rights in the Pandemic Period by Turkish professor Dr Muharrem Kılıç at the Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University. 

Furthermore, data from the Global Monitor was quoted during the High-Level Political Segment of 46th United Nations Human Rights Council and was also mentioned in the European Parliament resolution 2020/2208 (INI) of 20 January 2021 on Human rights and democracy in the world and the European Union’s policy on the matter – annual report 2019.

UN Women published a new policy brief with evidence of the different ways in which women’s rights organizations have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic: COVID-19 and women’s rights organizations: Bridging response gaps and demanding a more just future. 

The report highlights the predicament that many of them face: experiencing increased relevance and demand at the same time as facing civic closure, restrictive work conditions and diminishing funding. The analysis features Global Monitor’s data on developments and violations of Freedom of Association and Assembly, Freedom of Movement, and Media Integrity.