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Twenty years ago, 400 of democrats from nearly 80 countries founded the World Movement for Democracy in New Delhi, India. Today, just like twenty years ago, “a great task” awaits us. What’s next for the World Movement? Learn more below.

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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.


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.


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.

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December 28, 2018

Egyptian Court Upholds Unjust 10-Year Sentence for Journalist

The World Movement for Democracy is gravely concerned to learn that the 10-year sentence of renowned researcher and journalist Ismail Alexandrani was upheld by a military court on December 24, 2018. We call for his immediate and unconditional release and urge the government to cease the harassment of independent voices in Egypt. Alexandrani was sentenced […]

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December 17, 2018

ALERT: Nicaraguan Government Targets Civil Society Organizations

The Latin American Network for Democracy, the Steering Committee of the World Movement for Democracy, the Citizen Forum of the Americas, and the International Steering Committee of Civil Society of the Community of Democracies condemn direct attacks made against Nicaraguan civil society organizations, social actors, and independent media by the government of Daniel Ortega. Over […]

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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.


Missed the Ninth Assembly? Read more about the discussions held between activists, donors, government representatives, and other democracy practitioners in our new interactive report.


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


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So grateful to be part of the @MoveDemocracy community composed of committed and courageous democracy fighters working to make the world a better place - congrats on the #WMD20Years and here is to 20 more! #GlobalAssemblySenegal18

#GenCED engagement with @MoveDemocracy has been really insightful & empowering, Having organize workshop on young women political leadership #DakarAssembly great opportunity given & as partners working on #YoungWomeninPolitics #BreakingBarriers thanks #WMD20years

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And let us keep up the fight for more democratic world and more democratic future leaders .

As the World Movement celebrates 20 years, our Chairperson Zainab Bangura reflects on how the Movement has evolved over the last two decades. Read her thoughts here: #WMD20Years

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