What we did: We created a Democracy for Diplomats virtual training programme.

What we achieved: We reached out to and connected diplomats with each other and support them in accessing data and analysis on democracy, and to inspire them to utilize it in their continued careers.  

Who we did it with: Member States

Impact area: Democracy Assessment

 

In partnership with diplomatic academies in six of its Member States, International IDEA rolled out the Democracy for Diplomats virtual training programme. It reached more than 300 diplomats from Chile, Indonesia, Mongolia, Namibia, Tunisia and Sweden.

The training programme connected senior and junior diplomats with International IDEA’s regional and global democracy experts to discuss the roles diplomats have in monitoring and strengthening democracy and democratic norms throughout their careers.

Each training session was tailored to the demands of each Member State, with many sessions including in-depth presentations and discussions about the regional state of democracy, how to use the Global State of Democracy Indices to monitor democratic developments, how elections relate to a diplomat’s role and responsibilities, and why democracy is not complete without the inclusion of marginalized groups.

For International IDEA, the training offers a unique opportunity to engage with diplomats and support them in accessing data and analysis on democracy, and to inspire them to utilize it in their continued careers.

‘The correlation between democratic processes and the Covid-19 pandemic helped me deepen my overall understanding of democracy and made me rethink my definition of democracy.’—Participant in a Democracy for Diplomats training session held in 2021

 

I leave this training with a deepened appreciation for democracy and its key role in bringing about a better future, taking into account the diverse voices and needs in each society.’—Participant in a Democracy for Diplomats training session held in 2021

 

‘Diplomats can play a key role to craft narrative for democracy to counter the mirages proclaimed by authoritarian regimes. I hope that you will come to see International IDEA as a go-to partner whenever you require objective, evidence-based analysis, information and data on the state of global, regional and country-level democracy issues.’—Dr Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General of International IDEA