Celebrating
25 Years

Thursday, 19 November - Friday, 20 November 2020
Democracy now and next

Watch the replays from our virtual conference

Our 25th anniversary virtual conference offered a tour of democracy around the world consisting of sequenced regional sessions. Listen to recorded video sessions, which included Thomas Carothers, Ann Linde, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Tania Pariona.

Each session was live streamed on 19-20 November.

25 hours
12 sessions
63 speakers

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International IDEA's History

ESTABLISHMENT OF INTERNATIONAL IDEA

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance was founded in February 1995 with a unique mandate to support sustainable democracy worldwide.

1995

THE DEMOCRACY FORUM

The inaugural International IDEA Democracy Forum acted as a meeting place for the exchange of ideas on and experiences of democracy, and attracted distinguished participants from around the world.

1996

DEMOCRATIC DEVELOPMENT IN BURKINA FASO

In 1997 the citizens of Burkina Faso led a series of dialogues on the reforms needed in order to improve their democratic processes and institutions.

1997

THE ACE PROJECT

The Administration and Cost of Elections (ACE) Project make the material on elections available worldwide. It has become the most dynamic collection of information in its field and is accessed by almost 2 million online visitors per year.

1998

INDONESIA: ON THE ROAD TO DEMOCRACY

International IDEA’s support for Indonesia’s democratic transition followed a two-track approach based on facilitating technical assistance in the electoral field and promoting political dialogue.

1999

WHAT'S IN A NAME?

“Electoral Assistance is part of the Institute’s name. It is not so because we wanted an ‘E’ and an ‘A’ to finish ‘IDEA’. We wanted to signal that this Institute was more than a think tank; it had a practical mission as well as an intellectual one...” -- Sir Shridath Ramphal, former International IDEA Board Chairperson (1995-2001).

2000

DEMOCRACY AT THE LOCAL LEVEL

The International IDEA Handbook "Democracy at the Local Level" was developed in response to the pressures facing cities attempting to deal with globalization, growing urbanization and human migration.

2001

VOTER TURNOUT DATA

International IDEA has been collecting comparative data on electoral processes and democracy related topics since its establishment in 1995.

2002

PERU’S FIRST POLITICAL PARTIES LAW

International IDEA started working in Latin America in 1997, initially engaging with Peru, the only country in the region without a law on political parties.

2003

ELECTORAL CYCLE

Recognizing the obstacles to the implementation of long-term assistance, International IDEA and the European Commission developed a planning and training tool, Electoral Cycle, to help all electoral actors.

2004

DEMOCRACY CAN BE ASSESSED AND MEASURED

In implementing its follow-up actions to ICNRD-5, Mongolia chose International IDEA's State of Democracy assessment framework because it offered a practical template for assessing and monitor democracy's progress.

2005

NEPAL’S CONSTITUTION-BUILDING PROCESS

In April 2006, after mass protests, King Gyanendra of Nepal was forced to relinquish direct rule and establish multi-party government in the country.

2006

THE AFRICAN CHARTER ON DEMOCRACY, ELECTIONS AND GOVERNANCE

In a historic commitment to democracy, the African Union (AU) adopted the African Charter on Democracy, Elections, and Governance. International IDEA’s relationship with the AU resulted in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.

2007

RECONCILIATION AFTER VIOLENT CONFLICT

In some circumstances, traditional mechanisms can complement conventional judicial systems and provide the potential for promoting justice, reconciliation, and a culture of democracy.

2008

EU DEMOCRACY SUPPORT

International IDEA’s engagement with the EU reached a new level after the EU Council adopted specific conclusions on democracy support (Democracy Support in the EU’s External Relations) and a corresponding agenda for action (EU Agenda for Action on Democracy Support).

2009

TRANSITIONS IN THE WEST ASIA NORTH AFRICA REGION

When the Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire on 17 December 2010 to protest police harassment and humiliation, no one could predict what would follow.

2010

CONSTITUTIONNET.ORG

ConstitutionNet allows legislators, constitutional lawyers and other constitutional practitioners to find useful and relevant information, share knowledge and build a community of best practice.

2011

THE GLOBAL COMMISSION ON ELECTIONS, DEMOCRACY AND SECURITY

The Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security was made up of eminent individuals from around the world.

2012

OVERCOMING POLITICAL EXCLUSION

International IDEA collected 38 case studies from field researchers analyzing how historically marginalized groups have managed to overcome their exclusion from democratic governance structures and processes. 

2013

FUNDING OF POLITICAL PARTIES AND ELECTIONS

For over a decade, International IDEA has been a leading global force in the area of political finance and political parties law.

2014

CONVERSATIONS WITH WORLD LEADERS

International IDEA compiled a series of interviews with national leaders on the role they each played in the transition to democracy in their own countries: Brazil, Chile, Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland, South Africa and Spain.

2015
It's our Democracy, it's our IDEA

About International IDEA

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. 

Membership is open to governments that demonstrate their commitment to the rule of law, human rights, the basic principles of democratic pluralism, and strengthening democracy. WATCH a few video messages from our Member States and former Secretaries-General. 

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