Join The Movement

Twenty years ago, 400 democrats founded the World Movement for Democracy in New Delhi, India. In honor of the event, participants joined us in celebration by sharing stories about how the World Movement has impacted their work. Read reflections from our participants, and check out highlights from the past twenty years with the timeline of the World Movement!

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ISSUE The Crossover Initiative


During political transitions, activists sometimes have an opportunity to “cross over” into government so they can advance democratic reform from within as elected or appointed officials. What do they need to know? How do they prepare themselves for shifting from civil society activism to governance? By sharing experiences and knowledge, the Crossover Initiative empowers activists who are entering, or have recently entered, government in overcoming challenges they face.

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ISSUE Celebrating 20 Years


Twenty years ago, over 400 democrats gathered in New Delhi, India to form the World Movement for Democracy. The Movement was designed to be flexible and adaptable to the time’s most pressing challenges to democracy. Check out what we have achieved over the last 20 years with our timeline of the Movement.

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ISSUE Participant Stories


The World Movement is a global networks of individuals, organizations, networks who share the principles, values, and aspirations of our Founding Statement. In honor of #WMD20Years, participants shared how the network has inspired their democracy work, engendered solidarity, and provided a sense of safety and belonging.

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ISSUE Join the Call to Free Political Prisoners


In a new video series, we speak with the families and friends of political prisoners in Azerbaijan and Venezuela who have been imprisoned for their work as activists, journalists, and human rights defenders. Join us in calling to #SetThemFree by sharing their stories with your networks.

Their Stories

Right to Receive Funding

Did you know civil society organizations have the legal right to receive funding under a number of international and regional laws? Despite this, many governments restrict access to funding to strangle civil society. Our resource hub offers five new tools to help activists protect their right to receive funding.

RESOURCE HUB

Ninth Assembly Report

Assemblies bring together 350+ of the world’s leading experts on democracy movements, on-the-ground activists, government representatives, & donors to discuss how we can work together to ensure a democratic future. Check out the interactive Ninth Assembly report for insights into the discussions & to watch our most highly-anticipated panels.

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Raising Women's Representation

At the “Women Deliver Forum,” convened by Future In Our Hands, the World Movement, and CIPE in Banjul, The Gambia, participants discussed ways that the business sector, government, and civil society organizations can work together to truly empower women. It’s part of a series of forums exploring how democracy can deliver concrete results for all its citizens.

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DEMOCRACY ALERTS

March 18, 2020

Guatemala Passes Law to Restrict NGOs

Civil society advocacy groups such as the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) have raised alarm at a new law passed in Guatemala which imposes sweeping controls on NGOs and impinges their right to freedom of expression and association. The harsh regulations included in the law (Decree 4-2020) signed by President Alejandro Giammattei on February 27 puts […]

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April 10, 2020

Cuban Government Detains Leading Civil Society Activist & Artist

The World Movement condemns the Cuban government’s violent arrest of artist and civil society activist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara. Otero Alcántara was arrested outside of his home in Havana on March 1 while he was on his way to attend an anti-censorship demonstration organized by the local LGBTQ community. He potentially faces two to five […]

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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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ISSUE PROMOTING INCLUSIVE GOVERNANCE


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.

HURFORD YOUTH FELLOWSHIP

The Hurford Youth Fellowship Program seeks to build the leadership skills and harness the potential of young democracy activists from around the world. Learn more about our fellows and their work.

ISSUE #SETTHEMFREE CAMPAIGN


Political Prisoners' Stories

In a new video series, we speak with the families and friends of six political prisoners to learn more about their cases and what life is like after they’ve been unjustly taken from their communities. Listen to the stories of Seymur Hazi, Ilkin Rustamzade, Ilgar Mammadov, Bayram Mammadov, Giyas Ibrahimov, and Fuad Ahmadli below.

Over the past decade, authorities in Azerbaijan have prosecuted hundreds of activists, journalists, and public figures on politically motivated charges like drug possession, tax evasion, illegal entrepreneurship, and even treason.

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Political Prisoners' Stories

As of January 2018, reports indicate there are around 130 political prisoners being held in Azerbaijan. However, these prisoners are more than statistics–they’re husbands, wives, colleagues, friends, sons, and mothers.

ISSUE DEFENDING DEMOCRATIC SPACE


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.

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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.