Annika Silva-Leander

Head of Democracy Assessment
Global democracy assessment and measurement; civic space; impact of the coronavirus pandemic on democracy; governance and development; expertise in Latin America and Asia


Annika Silva-Leander heads the Democracy Assessment (DA) unit, which produces International IDEA’s Global State of Democracy Report and the annually updated Global State of Democracy Indices. Since July 2020, the unit also implements the EU-co-funded COVID-19 Global Monitor on Democracy and Human Rights.

Prior to leading the DA unit, she was the Senior Adviser to the Secretary-General of International IDEA. Prior to joining International IDEA, Silva-Leander worked for 10 years as a Social Development Specialist at the World Bank in Washington DC, in Indonesia and in Cambodia. During that time, she conducted analytical work and managed projects on civic engagement and participation, social accountability in governance and service delivery contexts, community-driven development, poverty reduction with marginalized groups and in social protection and public health. She has also done various assignments for UN institutions, including UNICEF and UNDP.

Prior to the World Bank, Silva-Leander worked as a Programme Manager at the AVINA Foundation’s regional office in Costa Rica. She has experience from working in Latin America, South and South-East Asia and Africa.

Her research has focused on civic engagement in governance and democratization processes, civil society participation in anti-corruption reform, and social development.

Her doctoral thesis analyzed the role of non governmental organizations in anti-corruption reform in Indonesia. Silva-Leander is Swedish-Chilean.

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PhD in Social Policy (London School of Economics, UK); MPhil in Development Studies (University of Sussex, UK); MSc in Latin American Public Policy (University of Oxford, UK); BA in Political Science (University of Stockholm, Sweden)
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Stockholm, Sweden