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Tackling the barriers to inclusion in democracy

June 20, 2024
A new resource aims to boost inclusion in democratic processes and institutions

STOCKHOLM – The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) launches the Inclusion Portal, a resource that compiles global information that features the provisions in national frameworks-constitutions, political party, and electoral laws on the inclusion of women, youth, Indigenous Peoples, Persons with disabilities and LGBTQIA+ people. 

Inclusion is a fundamental human right. Over the years, International IDEA has produced analytical resources on national, global, regional frameworks and situational analysis on the political participation and representation of traditionally and historically marginalized and underrepresented people/persons in democracy building processes and institutions. 

"The Inclusion Portal serves as a valuable resource to inspire policymakers, democracy actors and practitioners, civil society organizations and other non-state actors to address the challenges on inclusion in democracy. Furthermore, the Inclusion Portal will bolster International IDEA’s technical advisory support to strengthen inclusive democracy development processes and institutions." said. Rumbidzai Kandawasvika-Nhundu, Principal Adviser, Democracy and Inclusion at International IDEA.
The Inclusion Portal features country overviews and a comparative global view of the prevalence of the stipulated provisions on political inclusion of the traditionally and historically marginalized people/persons by profiling the following information. 

  • Global Overview: A world map allows users to explore country profiles or specific segments of marginalized people/persons, revealing provisions in national legal frameworks on political and electoral inclusion.
  • Informative Infographics: Visual presentations that highlight inclusion provisions in constitutions, electoral laws, and political party laws across different countries, along with related international/regional frameworks.
  • Resourceful Content: The Inclusion Portal features inclusion resources and case studies, showcasing good practices and examples of tackling exclusion and overcoming barriers to inclusion. These resources include experiences on reforms, policy recommendations and good practices to promote and protect inclusive democratic institutions and processes in various contexts.  

In reinforcing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International IDEA is expanding the accessibility of resources on inclusion through the Inclusion Portal. The core ambition of the Declaration is to instill equality, fundamental freedoms and justice in societies. Furthermore, the principle of inclusiveness is at the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development central theme to leave no one behind. 

"The UDHR is a bedrock of the 2030 Agenda. Inclusion is at the core of both. Without inclusion, there can be neither democracy nor development. Building inclusive, stronger, resilient, vibrant democracies is the pathway to achieving the sustainable development goals and fulfil the promises of the UDHR." said Massimo Tommasoli, Director Global Programmes at International IDEA.

Inclusive and accountable democratic institutions can only be achieved when equality and the inclusion of all segments of the population are prioritized as both actors and beneficiaries of democratic development. The Inclusion Portal represents knowledge-based information which is significant towards examining and tackling the causes and effects of inequalities, exclusion and marginalization in democratic processes and institutions.

Access the Portal here


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  • Alistair Scrutton, Head of Communications,; Mobile +46 707 21 10 98
  • Rumbidzai Kandawasvika-Nhundu, Principal Adviser, Democracy and Inclusion,, Mobile +46 704 29 37 48

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Alistair Scrutton
Head of Communications and Knowledge Management
Rumbidzai Kandawasvika-Nhundu
Principal Adviser, Democracy and Inclusion
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