The World Movement for Democracy is a global network of activists, practitioners, scholars, policy makers, and funders who work to advance democracy.


Participants actively engage in or support struggles to open closed societies, challenge dictatorships, democratize semi-authoritarian systems, consolidate emerging democracies, and reform and invigorate established democracies both old and new.

Since 1999, we have held biennial global assemblies in different regions of the world to hold discussions and workshops on democracy. We also facilitate networking among participants and undertake projects to protect and enable civil society in the face of shrinking space in many countries. Through practical activities and global channels of communication, the World Movement enables participants to share knowledge, information, and strategies in their work and to develop relationships of cross-border solidarity.

The World Movement welcomes all those who can contribute to, and benefit from, contacts and communications with counterparts facing similar challenges to democracy and carrying out activities in a wide array of areas of democracy work.


To connect, inform, and empower citizens around the world to advance democracy.


  • To strengthen democracy where it is weak
  • To defend democracy where it is longstanding
  • To support the efforts of pro-democracy groups in non-democratic countries


We are led by an international Steering Committee of distinguished democracy practitioners. The World Movement Secretariat is located at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in Washington, DC.


We welcome as participants all networks, groups, and individuals who share the principles and values in our Founding Statement.