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Declaration of Democratic Principles: Civil society’s critical role in achieving the Summit for Democracy goals

In the lead-up to the second Summit for Democracy, the Brookings Institution hosted a webinar to mark the release of a civil society-led Declaration of Democratic Principles. The declaration—coordinated by Freedom House, the George W. Bush Institute, and the McCain Institute—included the contributions of 14 cohorts established during the “Year of Action” following the first Summit for Democracy in December 2021. The event examined how to advance these principles and tackle the world’s greatest corruption, democracy, and security challenges.

On March 27, the Governance Studies at Brookings convened this expert panel to highlight the achievements and challenges in the “Year of Action.” The discussion unpacked the ways that civil society, the private sector, and governments can work together to strengthen democracy, fight corruption, and promote respect for human rights.

  • Panelists
  • Jeanne Bourgault – President and CEO, Internews
  • Nicole Bibbins Sedaca – Executive Vice President, Freedom House
  • Ruslan Stefanov – Program Director and Chief Economist, Center for the Study of Democracy
  • Gretta Fenner – Managing Director, Basel Institute on Governance
  • Jeanne Bourgault – President and CEO, Internews
  • Norman Eisen – Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution