Strategy 2012 - 2017


Publication: 2012-08-22


This Strategy sets the direction for International IDEA for the six years 2012–17. The accompanying three-year programme and budget 2012–14 operationalizes the Strategy. In line with the outcome of the mid-term review of the Strategy, which will be conducted in 2014, a further three-year programme and budget will be developed for 2015–17. International IDEA seeks to achieve its goal of supporting sustainable democracy worldwide by pursuing two main institutional objectives: >> stronger democratic institutions and processes; and more sustainable, effective and legitimate democracy. International IDEA will contribute to the fulfilment of these objectives through three expected institutional outcomes of its work, which are: >> increased capacity, legitimacy and credibility of democracy; more inclusive participation and accountable representation; and more effective and legitimate democracy cooperation.

International IDEA will respond to the changed context for democracy cooperation and the lessons learned from the previous strategy cycle by adapting and sharpening its approaches within its areas of specialized knowledge, experience and capacity: >> Electoral processes; Constitution building; Political participation and representation processes; and Democracy and development. International IDEA will also mainstream three cross-cutting areas: >> Gender; Diversity; and Conflict and security. International IDEA’s approach over the next strategy period will be characterized by the following: International IDEA will focus on the citizen as a driver of change and will seek to better understand and incorporate people-driven processes into the design of its programmes. Building on a collaborative approach to all its work, International IDEA will work in a spirit of peer dialogue, in which everyone has experiences and knowledge to share. It will systematically nurture an open and pluralistic understanding of democracy, which is respectful of the national context, and encourage a non-prescriptive and non-intrusive approach that is aligned with the priorities set by national actors. International IDEA will adopt this new approach as it expands its activities to new countries and regions and cooperates with new partners. It shall advocate this approach within the broader development and democracy communities; among political decision makers at the country, regional and global levels; and among its own Member States. International IDEA will make its comparative experiences available to actors across the political and institutional spectrum in order to facilitate inclusive processes in which political will for change can emerge. In its work, International IDEA will capture diverse experiences of democracy from around the globe and assess their potential relevance across regions and countries to incorporate them into the expanding body of comparative knowledge on democracy. International IDEA will seek to address the challenges presented by trends that may adversely impact upon and threaten democracy. The Institute will strive to better understand and capture in its work how economic dynamics and technological change affect democracy. International IDEA will improve the design and implementation of its democracy support programmes in the broader context of development, peace building and state building.


Name:Owen Ambur


Name:International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance


The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization with a mission to support sustainable democracy worldwide. International IDEA is the only global intergovernmental organization with the sole mandate of supporting democracy.