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

Study: Overall, only slight decline in electoral integrity in ten years
The Electoral Integrity Global Report 2019-2021 published in May 2022 details conditions and developments on the levels of electoral integrity across 148 elections in 169 countries.
Maren Vieluf | 30.05.2022
Policy briefs: Evidence shows that democracy performs better
Policy briefs published by V-Dem Institute collate evidence that democracy performs better in public goods provision, education, growth, social protection, health, climate change mitigation and other fields
Aslınur İnalcı | 31.03.2022
Democracy under heavy fire across the globe, new studies say
On 24 February 2022, Russia launched a large-scale military invasion of Ukraine, one of its neighbouring countries, marking a steep escalation of a conflict that began with its annexation of…
Harry Gray | 07.03.2022
Russian attack on Ukraine escalates “global war” on democracy, group says
Amid global protests against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Democracy Without Borders released a statement today condemning “the war of aggression carried out by the Russian regime and its enablers.” The…
DWB | 27.02.2022