The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance - The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization with a mission to advance democracy worldwide, as a universal human aspiration and an enabler of sustainable development, through support to the building, strengthening and safeguarding of democratic political institutions and processes at all levels.
We believe that democracy is a universal human aspiration and an experience that is pursued and lived in different ways around the world. Beyond the basic tenets of citizens’ choice and citizens’ political equality, the critical choices are best made and the quality of democracy is best gauged by those directly concerned: the citizens themselves. We systematically nurture an open and pluralistic understanding of democracy. This is respectful of the national context, and is in line with our non-prescriptive and non-intrusive approach, as well as with the priorities set by national actors.
International IDEA produces, shares and enables the use of comparative knowledge in its key areas of expertise: electoral processes, constitution building processes, political participation and representation, as well as on democracy as it relates to gender and inclusion, conflict sensitivity and sustainable development.
It has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, and offices in the Africa and West Asia, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe regions. International IDEA is a Permanent Observer to the United Nations.
Responding to increasing challenges to democracy and a shrinking democratic space around the world, including in more established democracies, International IDEA’s Global State of Democracy (GSoD) Programme - established in 2016 as part of International IDEA’s Global Programmes - seeks to contribute to the global debate on democracy and inform the development and implementation of strategies and policies that build, advance and safeguard democracy worldwide. Since its launch, the GSoD programme has completed 2 two-year programme cycles, which have been organized around a variety of different knowledge products, including International IDEA’s biennial flagship Global State of Democracy Report, which analyzes global and regional democratic trends; an annually updated statistical dataset on democratic quality, now covering 162 countries in the world (GSoD Indices); and shorter thematic policy briefs on current issues in the democracy debate (GSoD In Focus).
The flagship GSoD Report, published in 2017 and 2019, provides evidence, data, balanced and impartial democratic quality and trend analysis at global and regional levels, as well as thematic and country case studies geared specifically to international, regional and national policy makers and civil society organizations working on democracy and governance-related issues. The analysis and data contained in the report is increasingly used by a range of national, bilateral and multilateral organizations and civil society organizations as a key global and regional knowledge resource and reference point in the democracy field, for both strategy development, democracy assistance programming, democratic governance analysis at global, regional and country level, identification of funding priorities, presentations and advocacy. In addition, it has led to ample media coverage and inclusion in academic curricula and uptake in research by academics and students throughout the world.
The Global State of Democracy programme now produces five main knowledge products, which it disseminates through active outreach and training to multilateral, regional and bilateral donors, government agencies and civil society organizations:
The Democracy Assessment Specialist is analytical and driven and will apply his/her skills and regional expertise to conduct and manage mixed methods research and analysis for the GSoD programme’s range of knowledge products, including the Global State of Democracy Report and plays a key role in the development of the annual Global State of Democracy Indices.
International IDEA is an equal opportunity employer which seeks to further diversify its staff in terms of gender, culture and nationality.