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About the Global State of Democracy Initiative

International IDEA launched the Global State of Democracy (GSoD) Initiative in 2016. This Initiative provides evidence-based, balanced analysis and data on the state and quality of democracy for 173 countries across the world. It aims to contribute to the public debate on democracy and inform policy interventions to strengthen democracy. The Initiative’s primary knowledge products are the Democracy Tracker, the Global State of Democracy (GSoD) Indices, and the Global State of Democracy (GSoD) Reports. The Initiative also includes regional partnership networks and research and advocacy related to Sustainable Development Goal 16.

The European Union

Democracy Tracker

A monthly-updated qualitative dataset that monitors the most important democracy and human rights-related developments in 173 countries.

The European Union

Global State of Democracy Indices

An annually-updated quantitative dataset that measures the quality of democracy in 173 countries around the world.

Global State of Democracy Reports

The GSoD Report, launched for the first time in 2017, analyses global and regional democratic trends. The In Focus series, initiated in 2018, applies the GSoD Indices data to current issues, providing evidence-based analysis and insights into the contemporary democracy debate.


Democracy Notes and Commentary

Democracy Notes and Commentary are International IDEA’s expert blog on democracy and human rights.

Funders and Donors

The European Union Federal Ministry for Economic Coorperation and Development Robert Bosch Stiftung
The Global State of Democracy Initiative is also supported by contributions of International IDEA Member States

About International IDEA

The Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an inter-governmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. Our mission is advancing democracy worldwide, as a universal human aspiration and an enabler of sustainable development, through support to the building, strengthening and safeguarding of democratic political institutions and processes at all levels. We work with local communities, democracy practitioners and partner organizations all over the world. We have global reach with our headquarters located in Stockholm and offices in 18 countries. Go to International IDEA website.

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