Democracy International is a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Cologne, Germany that was formally established in June 2011. Democracy International believes in the power of direct democracy to better the societies in which we live.

Legal form
Non-profit organization

Democracy International aims to develop, foster and strengthen direct democracy and citizens’ participation on the local, national, regional, transnational and global level.

Main Activities
  • organisation and participation in transnational campaigns for the improvement of direct democracy and the European Citizens’ Initiative
  • organisation of events, seminars, conferences
  • publication of reports and analysis
  • consulting democracy organisations and activists and offering support in developing their organisations and campaigns
  • raising public awareness on the state of direct democracy procedures and practices worldwide through the Direct Democracy Navigator

Democracy International has expertise in direct democracy and direct democratic practices around the world. Democracy International works worldwide to achieve its goal of giving citizens a direct say in political decision-making.

Finance and Main Partners

Democracy International is an independent membership organisation funded by fees and individual donations​.