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The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral
Assistance (International IDEA) is an international organization
based in Stockholm. Its task is to promote democracy worldwide.
- Assist countries build capacity to develop democratic
- Provide a forum between policy-makers, academics and
- Synthesize research
and field experience, and develop practical tools to improve
- Promote accountability, transparency and efficiency in election management.
- Facilitate local democracy assessment, monitoring and promotion
by local citizens.
Current areas of
- Democracy building and conflict management – developing the process
for building consensus,
setting priorities, designing political institutions and constitutions, organizing dialogue and
decision making, promoting reconciliation
and inclusive democracy.
- Strengthening electoral processes – adapting electoral systems, improving access and turnout, ensuring
professional management and independence, building public
- Developing political parties
as actors in democracy – reviewing external regulation and
enforcement, public funding, internal management and democracy,
relations with civil society and the public.
- Political equality and participation, especially of
underrepresented groups, including women in politics – identifying ways to
build commitment and experience with special measures such as
IDEA offers database access on topics as voter turnout,
electoral system design, quotas for women and political finance
laws and regulations.
IDEA has been granted UN observer status.
International IDEA's founding member states were Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, India, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Sweden.
Today, it has 25 members, including also Botswana, Canada, Cape Verde, Germany, Ghana,Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, Peru,
Switzerland and Uruguay.
International IDEA's headquarters are located in Stockholm.
Approximately two thirds of its roughly one hundred staff members
work there. The rest is based at seven field offices: in Accra, Kathmandu, La Paz, Lima,
José (Costa Rica) and Yerevan. International IDEA also has a
permanent representative to the United Nations based in New York City.
The current Secretary-General is the Norwegian Vidar Helgesen