Ninth Global Assembly

The Ninth Global Assembly of the World Movement for Democracy was held on May 6-9, 2018 in Dakar, Senegal! The Global Assemblies serve as an ideal forum for democrats around the world to exchange their understanding of today’s challenges and their potential solutions, and build new strategic partnerships with others.

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Empowering Emerging Leaders

The World Movement aims to strengthen inclusive democratic governance with an emphasis on empowering emerging leaders that are committed to democratic principles. As part of this effort, the World Movement facilitates engagement among emerging leaders from civil society and political parties; exploring constructive ways to enhance their political participation; building effective partnerships between civil society, government, and the private sector; and sustaining democratic movements that influence policy making and institutional reforms.

Business & Democratic Governance

The World Movement for Democracy, Center for International Private Enterprise, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Africa Business Center jointly launched an initiative in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, to enhance private sector, civil society, and government collaboration.

ISSUE Strengthening Democratic Leadership

Empowering Young Activists

The next generation of democratic leadership plays a crucial role in sustaining and advancing democracy.  The World Movement believes in the importance of inter-generational dialogue and facilitates exchange of ideas and experiences between seasoned leaders and emerging leaders.Through our Hurford Youth Fellowship,  we empower young activists by helping deepen their understanding of challenges of democracy and linking them with leaders of various democracy movements.


We are seeking emerging democratic leaders from around the world who are committed to building their leadership skills. Application Deadline: 14 March 2018.


Reinforcing Democratic Spaces

Freedoms are increasingly restricted for people who wish to voice their concerns, come together, and address those concerns by engaging stakeholders. In both physical and digital spaces, they face limitations on where they can meet, how they can interact, and what they can say or do. This is particularly true under authoritarian regimes, but also under new and established democracies where minority views are marginalized. As a result, citizens have less influence in political processes that impact their lives and are unable to hold their governments accountable.


Access to Resources

Are you an activist curious about your legal right to receive domestic and foreign funding? Visit our Access to Resources Hub, which offers a set of tools to help activists protect their right to access resources. The Hub includes a multi-language infographic, country case study research on the right, educational videos, and additional information for civil society activists to use.

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January 19, 2018

Arson, Arrests, Violence: Human Rights Activists Under Attack in Russia

In a span of several weeks, human rights activists throughout the North Caucasus have been targets of violent attacks and intimidation. On January 17, 2018, the offices of Memorial Human Rights Center in Ingushetia were torched and destroyed by unidentified masked men. Memorial is one of the most prominent and effective human rights organizations in […]

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November 30, 2017

Bahraini Court Rejects Political Prisoner Nabeel Rajab’s Appeal

On November 22, 2017, a Bahraini appeals court rejected an appeal put forward by Nabeel Rajab, an internationally renowned Bahraini human rights activist and president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR). On July 10, 2017, Rajab was found guilty of “publishing and broadcasting fake news that undermines the prestige of the state,” and […]

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#SetThemFree Campaign

#SetThemFree is a GLOBAL campaign to build solidarity with those behind bars. Together, we can raise awareness, mobilize others, and engage with stakeholders to achieve their RELEASE.


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The World Movement’s Resource Hub offers a set of tools to help activists protect their legal right to access resources.


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The theme of the Ninth Global Assembly is “Building Strategic Partnerships for Democratic Renewal,” and it will take place on May 6-9, 2018, in Dakar, Senegal.