Annual Review 2022
A message from the Secretary-General
If the story of the last few decades is one of increased freedom and prosperity under the spreading umbrella of democracy, the story of the last few years is one of democracy under threat. The starkest example of this is Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, which represents an attack not just on lives and livelihoods, but also on the promise of democracy. Indeed, democracy now faces pressure globally, with authoritarian regimes tightening their grip and too many elected leaders adopting authoritarian tactics to cling to control. Meanwhile, misinformation campaigns, political polarization and rising inequality are eroding people’s trust that democracy can deliver on their needs and expectations.
International IDEA’s reach around the world
Sweden – Botswana
Kevin Casas-Zamora, International IDEA Secretary- General meets the President of the Republic of Botswana Mokgweetsi Masisi at the International IDEA headquarters in Stockholm.
Leena Rikkila Tamang, International IDEA Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, meets the Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi at the Bali Democracy Forum 2022.
Miguel Orlando Mendes de Brito, International IDEA Head of Programme for Mozambique, responds to questions related to an introductory workshop on the Electoral Risk Management Tool for the Mozambican Elections Commission.
Sam van der Staak, International IDEA Regional Director for Europe, meets OECD Secretary-General Mathias Cormann.
Kevin Casas-Zamora, International IDEA Secretary-General, and Adina Trunk, International IDEA Chief of Staff, meet Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar, Election Commissioner Anup Chandra Pandey and the Election Commission of India leadership team.
International IDEA’s Latin America and Caribbean programme team holds electoral mission to Brazil on 2 October 2022. From left to right: Laura Chinchilla, Former President of Costa Rica; Salvador Romero Ballivian, Head of International IDEA in Paraguay; Mónica Xavier, Former Senator of Uruguay; Katherine Batista, Programme Assistant for the Regional Office LAC; Kevin Casas-Zamora, International IDEA Secretary-General; Daniel Zovatto, International IDEA Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean; Marta Lucía Ramírez, Former Vice President of Colombia; Isabel Aninat, International IDEA Board member.
International IDEA at the Global Forum in New York 22 September 2022. From left to right: Massimo Tomassoli, International IDEA Director of Global Programmes; Daniel Zovatto, International IDEA Regional Director for LAC; Kevin Casas-Zamora, International IDEA Secretary-General; Leonel Antonio Fernández Reyna, Former President of the Dominican Republic; and Natasha Despotovic, Executive Director for Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD). Credit: GFDD.
For the past 27 years, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) has honored its mandate to promote and advance democracy worldwide.
This Annual Review highlights our global contributions as a think-and do-tank dedicated to researching, delivering comparative knowledge resources and supporting in the implementation of democratic practices that help everyone build and maintain inclusive and resilient democracies.
A world in which everyone lives in inclusive and resilient democracies.
International IDEA advances, promotes and protects sustainable democracy worldwide in consideration of human rights commitments through policy-relevant knowledge, capacity development, advocacy, and the convening of dialogues.
Supporting democracy worldwide
How we work
International IDEA’s working modalities constitute a reinforcing loop of knowledge production, capacity development, advocacy and the convening of dialogues. International IDEA’s comparative knowledge and research inform its capacity development; these have policy influence and inform advocacy, and enable the convening of dialogues. In turn, capacity development in the field provides valuable lessons for knowledge production, policy influence and advocacy, enabling continuous learning within the Institute.Read More
Supporting Democracy Worldwide
Our Impact Stories
Global State of Democracy Becomes Go-to Report for Policymakers and Media
The United Nations: Advocating for Democracy Worldwide
Global Democracy Coalition Recommends Actions for Second Summit for Democracy
Preparing for the Impact of Natural Hazards on Elections
A Forum for Constitution-makers and Conflict Mediators to Influence International Policy
Sudan's Democracy Academy inspires young women to engage in politics
Helping to provide peaceful presidential elections in The Gambia
Assisting Bhutan’s young parliament establish public hearings and civil society collaboration
New App Helps Electoral Officials and Civil Society to Counter Electoral Gerrymandering
Working with Myanmar's Government Leaders and Activists in Exile
Bringing Civil Society Voices to EU's Democracy Policymaking
Helping Ukraine's Parliament Operate Effectively in Time of War
Supporting the drafting of laws in Paraguay that promote women in politics
Using theatre in Peru to raise awareness of the rights of marginalized groups
International IDEA in numbers
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Funding by theme
Member States and Donors’ contributions to the work of International IDEA are instrumental to advance our shared vision of achieving a more resilient and inclusive democracy for all. We are pleased to recognize our donors who have partnered with us for the delivery of key outcomes for democracy in 2022.