The Institute's governance consists of a Council of Member States, a Steering Committee, a Finance and Audit Committee, a Board of Advisers and a Secretariat, led by the Secretary-General Dr Kevin Casas-Zamora.
Council of Member States
Our Council of Member States are governments from all regions. This global presence is a feature that reinforces the legitimacy of International IDEA's activities.
Membership in International IDEA is open to governments which demonstrate, by example in their own state, their commitment to the rule of law, human rights, the basic principles of democratic pluralism and strengthening democracy.
The Steering Committee prepares the meetings of the Council of Member States and furthers the interests of the Institute between the Council meetings. It is composed of the Council Chair and Vice Chairs, the Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Advisers and a representative of the Institute’s headquarters country (Sweden). The Secretary-General is an ex-officio member of the Steering Committee.
Member States in the Steering Committee in 2024 include Luxembourg, Norway, Uruguay and Sweden.
Finance and Audit Committee
The Finance and Audit Committee oversight responsibilities include financial planning, the audit process, financial reporting, the system of financial controls and risk management.
Board of Advisers
Our Board of Advisers are eminent personalities or experts from a wide variety of backgrounds. The Board provides advice on our work and strategic direction, strengthens our partnership building and fundraising efforts and helps to increase our visibility and outreach.
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