What we did: We brought together 47 democracy organizations for a multi-stakeholder Global Democracy Coalition.

What we achieved: The coalition strengthened cooperation between a diverse set of actors and resulted in a strong joint message from a diverse range of organizations bringing their collective experiences and recommendations to the US-sponsored Democracy Summits of 2021 and 2022.  

Who we did it with: Forty-seven democracy organizations

Impact area: Democracy Assessment

 

With the goal of strengthening relationships and coordination among democratic actors, such as activists, politicians and academics, International IDEA brought together 47 democracy organizations for a multi-stakeholder Global Democracy Coalition. Over the course of 24 hours on 7 December 2021, the group gathered in a vibrant online forum of 41 webinars to gather thoughts on democracy and produce a report of recommendations for the Summit for Democracy held on 9–10 December 2021.  

 

The Global Democracy Coalition Forum provided a platform for voices, actors and issues that may not be part of the official Summit. The discussion focused on the challenges and opportunities for democracy in different contexts, and on innovative solutions to address these. 

The issues included election integrity, electoral assistance, gender and democracy, disinformation, malign finance, and youth and democracy. Also on the agenda were the state of democracy globally, and in Asia, Africa and the United States, as well as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, democratic backsliding and rising authoritarianism, democratic leadership, civic education, the role of media, freedom of speech, transnational repression, and development and democracy. 

Recommendations were handed over to Democracy Summit organizers and participants ahead of the official gathering of heads of state. This collective effortput together swiftly after the date of the Summit had been announcedwould not have been possible without the commitment and tireless efforts of all the partner organizations and participants involved. 

The International IDEA-led platform amplifies the voices of individual organizations and allows for dialogue and the sharing of democratic good practices across regions, themes and sectors. It also enables individual organizations to have greater impact as part of a collective effort to advance and protect democracy. 

Just as democracies need to come together to protect and strengthen democracy from internal and external challenges, so too do organizations and actors working on democracy across sectors and regions. 

The Global Democracy Coalition proves that this is possible. It will continue to collaborate throughout 2022 ahead of the second Summit for Democracy.

 

‘International IDEA plays a key role in strengthening democracy through partnership, analysis and action . . . This Forum comes at a very relevant time. For more than a decade, the challenges facing democracies have been growing.’

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada

 

‘Civil society can play an invaluable role, not only in monitoring the implementation of government commitments and holding us accountable, but also in advocating for new commitments for the second Summit. This impressive gathering shows me the energy is there to continue our partnership in the Year of Action.’

Uzra Zeya, Under-Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, US Department of State