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 Youth Voices

In order for democracy movements to remain growing and vibrant in future years, the voices of youth democracy activists must be reflected in the movements. We’ve invited youth members of our network from different parts of the world to share their ideas and hopes through videos they’ve directed and filmed.

Explore their diverse points of view in the Youth Voices video series.

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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.

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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.


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.


Battle of Narratives: Building Public Support for Democratic Renewal

During our “Battle of Narratives: Building Public Support for Democratic Renewal” event, in partnership with International Idea and in cooperation with the National Endowment for Democracy, civil society leaders discussed how to develop pro-democracy narratives that will appeal to people across regions, cultures, and generations. 

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November 30, 2020

World Movement Stands In Solidarity with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights

We join 60 human rights organizations in signing an open letter urging the Egyptian government to release Karim Ennarah, Mohammed Basheer, and Gasser Abdel-Razek. By signing we also stand in solidarity with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, one of Egypt’s oldest and most reputable human rights organizations, which has endured an alarming escalation of […]

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November 20, 2020

Successful Advocacy Campaigns to Protect Civic Space

While it’s important to stay aware of the escalating threats to the freedoms of assembly, association, and expression, the World Movement would like to highlight some successes that civil society has recently achieved in defending these rights. At the below links, you can find case studies, including descriptions of tools and strategies, on three countries: Ethiopia Guatemala Nigeria […]

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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 Raising Women's Representation

Women Deliver Forum

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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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.


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.


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.


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.