International IDEA recognizes that democracy, while of intrinsic value in its own right, also draws its legitimacy from its capacity to meet people’s expectations that it will deliver sustainable and inclusive development. However, political institutions cannot deliver on their own; rather they can ideally provide political actors with the enabling environment for them to act in the interest of all people. Political actors and their practices and actions are ultimately what matters for democracy and development.
The Democracy and Development Programme advocates for a place for democracy on the development agenda. The programme supports political actors and institutions, and aims to strengthen the capacity of women and men for democratic political participation and representation; effective oversight; and democratic accountability. The work primarily includes knowledge production and advocacy at the global level, and dialogues and support to reform efforts at regional and country levels.
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