Global Democracy


 Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives. — Article 21, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

We advocate a right to democracy at all levels

It is no longer possible to limit democracy to the nation-state. Conversely, democracy can only function on a global scale if it also prospers nationally. We support an improvement and strengthening of democracy and closer collaboration of democratic countries.

All people must enjoy access to fundamental political rights, in particular the right to competitive free and fair elections.

Two meanings of global democracy

Global democracy can address two things: the state of democracy across the world’s nation-states or democratization of global governance. Learn more about it here. The latter is part of our program area on global governance.

An Alliance of Democracies

Democracy Without Borders supports the creation of an Alliance of Democracies following these principles and proposals.


DWB and its chapters are seeking donors and partners to develop projects in the field of democracy promotion at all levels.


News and developments in this program area

Experts discuss new mandate of UN Special Rapporteur on Democracy
The possible creation of a new mandate for a UN Special Rapporteur on Democracy was discussed by a group of experts from civil society organisations, think tanks, international institutions and academia.
DWB | 24.01.2023
Democracy continues to decline globally, repression grows, report says
On November 30th 2022, the Stockholm-based International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) published their newest report on the Global State of Democracy, outlining a continual decline of…
Maartje Mensink | 05.12.2022
Debunking six myths about democracy and democracy support
This article deals with six myths that have formed around democracy and democracy support which threaten to benefit democracy’s adversaries, and corrode the confidence and resilience of democracy’s defenders.
Derek Mitchell | 08.11.2022
Could an “Economic Article 5” stop authoritarian coercion?
This post discusses an instrument for counter-measures of democracies against economic coercion by authoritarian states, the so-called “Economic Article 5”, a reference to the NATO treaty
Austin G. Mackell | 26.10.2022