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Association for Democratic Reform

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Modality of engagement
(Civic) education, Advocacy and agenda setting, Capacity building, Research/analysis/knowledge production, Watchdog functions & oversight
Thematic area
Anti-corruption, Citizen participation, Civil society strengthening, Democracy assistance, Elections, Human rights, Judicial reform, Political parties, Technology and democracy, Transparency & open government, Youth

ADR is a non-partisan, non-governmental organization which works in the area of electoral and political reforms. The objective of ADR is to improve governance and strengthen democracy. It aims at decriminalization of politics, empowerment of the electorate and bringing transparency, accountability and inner-party democracy in the functioning of political parties.

ADR engages with partner organizations across the country, collectively called the National Election Watch (NEW) – a nation wide campaign comprising of citizen led organizations working towards strengthening democracy. It is active in in almost all states of India and has conducted election watches for all Assembly & Parliamentary elections since 2002. Election Watch is the flagship programme of ADR. As part of this, background details of politicians are provided to citizens to help them make an informed choice during elections.

ADR’s Political Party Watch program is aimed at bringing more financial transparency and accountability in the functioning of political parties. It analyzes the official financial declarations of National, State and Unrecognised parties in India.

ADR files PILs/appeals related to electoral & political reforms with the courts, Central Information Commission etc. ADR also submits reports, submissions, recommendations etc to various central and state agencies.

Advocacy and outreach is an important and crucial aspect of ADR’s work. Our communications and campaigning activities have multiple objectives, like spreading awareness of the importance of ethical & informed voting ahead of Parliamentary/Legislative Assembly/local body elections and continuous effort to engage youth in the political and electoral reforms process.

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