Champions of Democracy
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International Crisis Group
The International Crisis Group is an independent, not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States. Its work is non-partisan and dedicated to achieving practical results.
European Forum for Democracy and Solidarity
The European Forum for Democracy and Solidarity was founded in 1993. They are a platform for co-operation between social democratic parties and political foundations and aim to contribute to the development of (social-) democracy in Eastern & South Eastern Europe and the Caucasus. Within the European Forum 12 political foundations and 20 parties are active.
Open Democracy publishes high quality news analysis, debates and blogs about the world and the way we govern ourselves. They are not about any one set of issues, but about principles and the arguments and debates about those principles.
Democracy Coalition Project
The Democracy Coalition Project promotes policies and civil society campaigns that seek to strengthen and establish open democratic societies and respect for human rights around the world.
National Democratic Institute (NDI)
National Democratic Institute is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan, non-governmental organisation that has supported democratic institutions and practices in every region of the world for more than two decades. Since its founding in 1983, NDI and its local partners have worked to establish and strengthen political and civic organizations, safeguard elections, and promote citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.
International Centre for Democratic Transition
The International Centre for Democratic Transition is a not-for-profit organization based in Budapest, Hungary which collects the experiences of recent democratic transitions and shares them with those who are determined to follow that same path. Instead of promoting democracy in general, the ICDT sets more concrete and pragmatic goals. The Centre strives to show how dozens of young democracies have made, and are making, the transition, so that those who set off on this difficult journey from dictatorship to democracy in the future may learn from the successes as well as from the failures.
International Foundation for Electoral Systems
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is the global leader in election assistance and democracy promotion. IFES promotes democratic stability by providing technical assistance and applying field-based research to the electoral cycle in countries around the world to enhance citizen participation and strengthen civil societies, governance and transparency.
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA)
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance has the responsibility to provide knowledge to democracy builders; provide policy development and analysis; and support democratic reform.
Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that supports the expansion of freedom around the world. Freedom House supports democratic change, monitors freedom, and advocates for democracy and human rights.
International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX)
As violations of the right to free expression continue, so do the efforts of the membership of the International Freedom of Expression exchange network (IFEX), which has emerged as a strong global opposition to forces challenging this right.
Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organisations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, they give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. Their rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) is an Association of Commonwealth Parliamentarians who, irrespective of gender, race, religion or culture, are united by community of interest, respect for the rule of law and individual rights and freedoms, and by pursuit of the positive ideals of parliamentary democracy. The Association’s mission is to promote the advancement of parliamentary democracy by enhancing knowledge and understanding of democratic governance. It seeks to build an informed parliamentary community able to deepen the Commonwealth’s democratic commitment and to further co-operation among its Parliaments and Legislatures. This mission is achieved through a Strategic Plan which ensures CPA activities continue to meet the changing needs of today’s Parliamentarians.
Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is the focal point for world-wide parliamentary dialogue and works for peace and co-operation among peoples and for the firm establishment of representative democracy. To that end, it: fosters contacts, co-ordination, and the exchange of experience among parliaments and parliamentarians of all countries; considers questions of international interest and concern and expresses its views on such issues in order to bring about action by parliaments and parliamentarians; contributes to the defence and promotion of human rights—an essential factor of parliamentary democracy and development; and contributes to better knowledge of the working of representative institutions and to the strengthening and development of their means of action.
The Carter Center
The Carter Center, in partnership with Emory University, is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering; it seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.
International Republican Institute (IRI)
A nonprofit, nonpartisan organisation, the International Republican Institute (IRI) advances freedom and democracy worldwide by developing political parties, civic institutions, open elections, democratic governance and the rule of law.
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Center for Democracy and Civil Society
Center for Democracy and Civil Society (CDACS) and Master of Arts in Democracy and Governance The Master of Arts in Democracy and Governance at Georgetown University seeks to understand the foundations of democratic and responsive government, how policymakers can create and implement policies to achieve these objectives, and prepares students for both careers and further study in these areas.
Center for the Study of Democracy, University of California, Irvine
The Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) at the University of California, Irvine sponsors research and education aimed at improving the democratic process in the United States and expanding democracy around the world.