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

Transnational democracy discussed at global forum in Lucerne
“As a community of people living on the same planet, we have to ask ourselves how we want to govern living together. And the answer to this question can only…
DWB | 04.10.2022
Six new rules to update and strengthen democracy
Democracy has lasted for centuries because it is the most effective tool for making decisions across large, diverse communities. It gives us control over decision-makers, making them accountable to us….
Marcial Boo | 06.07.2022
Book review: The Rules of Democracy
Marcial Boo has some excellent credentials as a regulator of politicians and a supervisor of public spending. He has now written an excellent book – extraordinarily concise, pertinent and principled…
Hilton Dawson | 06.07.2022
Polls: Democracy remains important to people but trust erodes
Latest survey data of the Democracy Perception Index 2022 and the Edelman Trust Barometer 2022 reveals continued support of democracy throughout the world but also eroding trust in its performance
Colm Lehane | 22.06.2022