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Who We Are

The Global Democracy Coalition is a multi-stakeholder alliance of more than 120 democracy organizations from around the world committed to advance and protect democracy worldwide and to influence the Summits for Democracy and the Year of Action.

Being a partner/member in the Global Democracy Coalition provides access to a network of like-minded organizations and colleagues around the world, to share information on democratic innovations and good democratic practices, to identify opportunities for collaboration and to better coordinate their efforts, specifically in relation to the Summit for Democracy, but also in their democracy strengthening efforts more broadly. The Coalition enables partner organizations to have a stronger voice in influencing the Summits for Democracy and the global democracy agenda more broadly, as part of a collective effort rather than as individual organizations.

The Global Democracy Coalition does not pretend to substitute other issue-based global coalitions or Summit cohorts. Rather, it intends to bridge the issue-based discussions in other thematically organized coalitions and cohorts under the broader umbrella of democracy. It also aims to facilitate dialogue across Summit cohorts, to facilitate synergies and link them to the broader democracy agenda.

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Vision and Mission

Vision  

The Global Democracy Coalition is an agile, inclusive, and action-oriented multi-stakeholder Coalition that seeks to advance democracy globally.

Mission  

As a multi-stakeholder solidarity network, the Global Democracy Coalition explores and seizes opportunities for collective action and influence for the global democracy agenda.

Three Pillars of the Global Democracy Coalition

To provide structure, relevance, and coherency to the initiatives of the Coalition, all activities are related to one or more of the following pillars: 

Connect and Collaborate

GDC partners connect and collaborate through democracy-related issues and events, such as the Summit for Democracy and the GDC Forum.

Think and Learn

GDC partners think and learn through exchanging different approaches to democracy and lessons learned, and research and advance democratic thought leadership. 

Act and Influence

GDC partners act on opportunities, place-based collaborations, and influence through joint statements.

Our Guiding Principles

Principle 1: A Mindset for Growth, Courage, and Humility

1. Adopt and apply a growth mindset in all actions.

2. Be courageous in work, humbly recognizing fallibility and room for improvement.

Principle 2: Unity and Equity in Risks

1. Collaborate as a community that supports and lifts up one another, recognizing the unequal distribution of risks and consequences in the global democracy agenda.

2. Actively seek ways to support, share, and redistribute risks whenever possible.

Principle 3: Inclusive, Authentic, Transparent and Effective Collaboration

1. Have clear and transparent ways of working, making decisions, and sharing resources.

2. Establish robust feedback loops so that all partners contribute to maintaining accountability.

3. Provide authentic, safe, and inclusive spaces for learning, collaboration, and discussion; enable partners and stakeholders to identify, address, and resolve issues in ways that are grounded in reality and true to their contexts.

4. Build constructive relationships based on mutual trust through conscious practices.

Principle 4: Real-World Focused and Strategic Simplicity

1. Be grounded by a simple overall strategic framework that prioritizes flexibility and agility.

2. Understand that the success of the Coalition will rely on its ability to effectively convey its work, analysis, and collaborations to external stakeholders.

3. Be externally focused to optimize collective action and maximize impact.

Principle 5: Voluntary Participation

1. The GDC is not an imposing mechanism on partners; partners can opt-in and out of collaborations and opportunities.

2. Regularly offer opportunities to participate or withdraw from initiatives, areas of work, and/or statements and positions.

The current Steering Group includes Accountability Lab, Alliance for Vietnam´s Democracy, Alliance of Democracies, DT Institute, Humanity United and PartnersGlobal.

Roles and Responsibilities: Steering Group members prepare for and attend regular meetings, providing strategic oversight to advance the Coalition’s mission. They ensure the GDC meets administrative and financial responsibilities. Members convene working groups, lead actions, and initiate collaborations. They support the Coordinating team in resource mobilization, membership decisions, and other relevant matters. The Coordinator informs the Wider Coalition of decisions and consults them when needed.

Meetings: Steering Group members aim to attend monthly meetings, with preparatory materials circulated five days in advance. Meeting records are kept and made available to the Wider Coalition.

Formal Decision-Making: Formal votes require a quorum of 50%+1 organizations. Proposals needing a vote are clearly communicated in advance. Most decisions require a simple majority, but significant decisions need a 2/3 majority. No member has veto power.

What We Do

The Coalition provides a platform for dialogue, knowledge exchange, experience-sharing, and advocacy around the Summits for Democracy and beyond. The Coalition works collectively on strategic issues relevant to the global democracy agenda.

We organized the Global Democracy Coalition Forum in 2021, 2023, and 2024 ahead of the Summits for Democracy. We have organized a webinar series on democracy, shared information on Summit-relevant activities, maintained a website with Coalition and partner activities, and produced a newsletter. Additionally, we organized International Democracy Day events and convened Partners for Democracy Day in 2023 and 2024 to provide a platform for civil society, international organizations, academic institutions, think tanks, philanthropic organizations, and the private sector, who were not necessarily part of the official Summit but wanted to make their voices heard in the Summit discussions and in the global democracy debate.

In May 2024, we launched its advocacy campaignThe Voice and Value of Democracy,” which is promoted with the hashtag #ThankYouDemocracy. The campaign aims to foster a positive narrative on democracy, demonstrating its universal value, promoting proactive engagement and education on democratic processes, practices, and responsibilities, and highlighting the importance of democracy to counter the vicious cycle of political apathy, disengagement, and declining trust observed in many countries worldwide. Other joint activities included issuing statements, publishing reports, providing analysis, and monitoring commitments, all contributing to a comprehensive menu of activities aimed at bolstering democratic engagement worldwide.

For additional information on our current events, initiatives, resources, newsletters, and publications, please visit other sections of our website or follow us on LinkedIn or X (Twitter).

Our Partners

Overview

The Global Democracy Coalition is a multi-stakeholder alliance of more than 120 democracy organizations from around the world committed to advance and protect democracy worldwide and to influence the Summits for Democracy and the Year of Action.

Being a partner/member in the Global Democracy Coalition provides access to a network of like-minded organizations and colleagues around the world, to share information on democratic innovations and good democratic practices, to identify opportunities for collaboration and to better coordinate their efforts, specifically in relation to the Summit for Democracy, but also in their democracy strengthening efforts more broadly. The Coalition enables partner organizations to have a stronger voice in influencing the Summits for Democracy and the global democracy agenda more broadly, as part of a collective effort rather than as individual organizations.

The Global Democracy Coalition does not pretend to substitute other issue-based global coalitions or Summit cohorts. Rather, it intends to bridge the issue-based discussions in other thematically organized coalitions and cohorts under the broader umbrella of democracy. It also aims to facilitate dialogue across Summit cohorts, to facilitate synergies and link them to the broader democracy agenda.

How can my organization become a partner of the Coalition?

A request is submitted to the Coalition coordinators, through a questionnaire. All applications will then be sent to the Coalition´s Steering Group for vetting. No organization will wait more than six weeks to learn if they have been accepted. For more information, please email the GDC Coordinator Elisenda Balleste Buxo (e.ballestebuxo@idea.int).