North America


The Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (CSDC) brings together scholars from ten (10) Québec universities with common research interests related to democratic citizenship. The purpose of the Centre is to develop inter-disciplinary and multiple methodological perspectives in the study of challenges that democracies face in a rapidly changing world and training the next of generation of researchers, policy makers, and engaged citizenship.

The Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity (CSDD) facilitates rigorous debate on contemporary complex challenges faced by Canada and the world through interdisciplinary research and public engagement that uniquely focuses on the intersection of democracy and diversity, broadly conceived.

The Making Voices Count program educates and encourages people living on low incomes to vote in government elections. Between election cycles, it advocates for socially just policies at the municipal level. Making Voices Count has inspired many residents to vote and bring their concerns to City councillors. It’s also changing the status quo in election races. Candidates are learning they can improve their campaign and leadership by listening to people from low-income communities.

The Exchange’s mission is to build a vibrant and inclusive democracy, where everyone living in Canada can contribute to creating healthy communities and solving our most pressing challenges. The Exchange creates educational tools and provide training for election readiness & democratic engagement; Convene cross-sectoral leaders to bolster vibrant and inclusive democracies; Empowering communities to create meaningful change.

Democracy Watch is a national non-profit, non-partisan organization, and Canada’s leading citizen group advocating democratic reform, government accountability and corporate responsibility. Democracy Watch has organized and worked with Canadian citizens and organizations in many nation-wide coalitions, all pushing Canadian governments and businesses to empower Canadians in their roles as voters, citizens, taxpayers, consumers and shareholders. Its aim is to help reform Canadian government and business institutions to bring them into line with the realities of a modern, working democracy.


Elections Canada

Inspire Democracy is an Elections Canada program that works with stakeholders to reduce barriers to electoral participation. Research shows that some communities face more barriers than others when it comes to registering and voting, working at the polls or being a candidate in a federal election. While the group works with many communities in different contexts, it works mostly with those facing the greatest barriers. Inspire Democracy helps address barriers to electoral participation by providing tools for engaging with community leaders and organizations that represent these communities.

The INM is an independent and non-partisan organization whose ambition is to increase the participation of citizens in democratic life. The INM believes that citizen participation is one of the keys to a healthy democracy. A participatory and vibrant democracy is necessary to reflect our common aspirations and help our governments find the best solutions to societal problems and in the collective interest.

The Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue’s Office of Knowledge and Practice is dedicated to building capacity in dialogue and working to advance innovation, equity and systems change for participatory democracy. The centre develops tools and resources on dialogue and democratic participation, consolidating knowledge from the field and sharing insights from the Centre for Dialogue’s practice.

United States

The Ash Center is Harvard’s home for scholars, students, and practitioners dedicated to strengthening democracy around the globe.

At a time of potential danger to American democratic norms and institutions, it is more urgent than ever for scholars to highlight the risks to our system of government. In this spirit, Bright Line Watch brings together a group of political scientists to monitor democratic practices, their resilience, and potential threats.

Washington D.C.

Brookings Institute

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to conduct in-depth, nonpartisan research to improve policy and governance at local, national, and global levels.


Carter Center

The Democracy Program works globally to support democratic elections and strengthen participatory democracy, consistent with human rights. The overarching objective is to enhance democratic governance and increase effective political participation for all, especially groups that have been historically disadvantaged or that face political, cultural, or socioeconomic barriers.

The Carnegie Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program rigorously analyses the global state of democracy, conflict, and governance, the interrelationship among them, and international efforts to strengthen democracy and governance, reduce violence, and stabilize conflict.

The mission of the National Civic League’s Center for Democracy Innovation is to understand, test, and disseminate innovations that can make democracy more participatory, equitable, and productive. We work to sustain democracy by inviting people to help redesign the “civic infrastructure” of their communities, scale democracy through strategies for inclusive engagement to improve equity and governance, and measure the quality of democracy and engagement, particularly in ways that lift up the views and ratings of residents.

The Defending Democratic Institutions (DDI) project was established to better understand and develop recommendations to counter foreign efforts to disrupt democracy and exacerbate public distrust of democratic institutions via cyber and information operations. A key focus of this initiative is on information operations undermining Americans’ trust in the justice system, to include judges, prosecutors, and the rule of law. In addition, this initiative focuses on building national resilience through the reinvigoration of civics education, at all ages, as a national security imperative.

The Center for Sustainable Democracy (CSD) is a nonpartisan, multi-disciplinary research center focusing on challenges posed to and opportunities for democracy and civil society in the 21st century. Sustainable democracy means governance, information, and societal processes that empower people to make informed decisions and engage in public life. CSD emphasizes research and engagement regarding how political and civic leaders, journalists, and everyday individuals sustain democratic life in Florida, the United States, and globally.

The center is engaged in innovative research on the problem of political violence within the structural context of the dynamic global system, that is, global systems analysis. The Center supports scientific research and quantitative analysis in many issue areas related to the fundamental problems of violence in both human relations and societal-systemic development processes.

The Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy (CSID) is a non-profit organization, based in Washington DC, dedicated to studying Islamic and democratic political thought and merging them into a modern Islamic democratic discourse.

The Charles F. Kettering Foundation works to inspire and connect individuals and organizations to advance thriving and inclusive democracies around the globe. We believe all people belong and have the right to engage in and shape a democracy that serves them.

The Chicago Center on Democracy works to strengthen democracy through research, discussion, and community-building. The center is a hub for students, faculty members, nonprofits, and others who are interested in working to support democracy through rigorous, nonpartisan research and other activities.

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries. Founded in 1921, CFR takes no institutional positions on matters of policy.

FIDE – North America is dedicated to advancing a democratic culture that is inclusive and responsive, holds government accountable in between elections and brings a diversity of voices to the table. We are committed to the democratic process through narrative change, systems change and impactful citizens’ assemblies. We work on strengthening the deliberative community, advocating and raising awareness, providing technical guidance, building deliberative capacity, and developing best practices through a rigorous learning agenda.

The Foundation for Democracy in Africa (FDA) is a development organisation committed to promoting participatory democracy, economic growth and sustainable development throughout Africa. FDA carries out its mission by developing innovative and culturally sensitive strategies and programs that are designed to enhance human and institutional capacity, create opportunities that reduce poverty, foster democracy and good governance, and accelerate development in select sectors of Africa’s economy.

Washington D.C.

Freedom House

Freedom House is founded on the core conviction that freedom flourishes in democratic nations where governments are accountable to their people. Freedom House has established itself through its advocacy, programs, and research as the leading American organization devoted to the support and defence of democracy around the world.

The Hillary Rodham Clinton Center for Citizenship, Leadership, and Democracy is a catalyst for lasting change—bringing the Wellesley community together with scholars, policymakers, and practitioners to advance democracy and prepare the next generation of civic leaders and change-making citizens. The center provides a forum for students, faculty, and staff to engage with each other and with civic innovators to explore the challenges democracy faces and to forge solutions.

New York City

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch investigates and reports on abuses happening in all corners of the world. We direct our advocacy towards governments, armed groups and businesses, pushing them to change or enforce their laws, policies and practices.

Princeton, New Jersey

​​Innovations for Successful Societies

ISS chronicles government innovation, especially in low- and middle-income countries. Often the most creative and successful ideas are generated internally, framed by people who have deep knowledge of local conditions. 

ISPS’ mission is to identify and test innovative ideas for improving the quality of democratic representation and governance. These innovations should be based on an understanding of how democracy works and when it fails to achieve its potential.

IFES work to advance good governance and democratic rights by providing technical assistance to election officials, collaborating with civil society and public institutions to increase participation in the political process, and applying field-based research to improve the electoral cycle and develop trusted electoral bodies.

Generation Democracy is the International Republican Institute’s flagship youth network that engages, empowers and connects youth around the world to share their experiences and ideas. Generation Democracy connects members to gain skills for political and civic engagement learned through Network-facilitated trainings on effective communication, advocacy, leadership and program management

The Center fosters academic research and education to provide a better understanding of the democratic process, the steps that may strengthen democracy at home and abroad, as well as the threats democracy faces in the 21st century. The center hosts research conferences and workshops, sponsors faculty graduate student research, and facilitates teaching on democratic themes.

The Center fosters academic research and education to provide a better understanding of the democratic process, the steps that may strengthen democracy at home and abroad, as well as the threats democracy faces in the 21st century. The center hosts research conferences and workshops, sponsors faculty graduate student research, and facilitates teaching on democratic themes.

NDI is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental organization that works in partnership around the world to strengthen and safeguard democratic institutions, processes, norms and values to secure a better quality of life for all. NDI envisions a world where democracy and freedom prevail, with dignity for all.

NED is dedicated to fostering the growth of a wide range of democratic institutions abroad, including political parties, trade unions, free markets and business organizations, as well as the many elements of a vibrant civil society that ensure human rights, an independent media, and the rule of law. By supporting Democratic processes, the Endowment helps strengthen the bond between indigenous democratic movements abroad and the people of the United States — a bond based on a common commitment to representative government and freedom as a way of life.

The Open Society Foundations give grants to a diverse array of groups and individuals in more than 100 countries who work in different ways to promote democratic principles, human rights, and justice. The foundation supports this work at both national and global levels through advocacy in our own name, as well as through impact investing and legal action.

Cambridge, Massachusetts


Participedia is a global crowdsourcing platform for researchers, activists, practitioners, and anyone interested in public participation and democratic innovations. 

The Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to examining how genuine democracies can develop in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and how the United States can best support that process. Through dialogue, research, and advocacy, POMED works to strengthen the constituency for U.S. policies that peacefully support democratic reform in the MENA region.

The U.S. Institute of Peace teaches democratic principles and democratization processes and techniques that are critical to both peacebuilding and effective governance. USIP seeks to strengthen governance by supporting inclusive, accountable institutions and a robust civil society. These in turn uphold human rights, justice and the rule of law, and promote public participation in social and political processes.

Washington D.C.

​​Wilson Center

The Wilson Center provides nonpartisan counsel and insights on global affairs to policymakers through deep research, impartial analysis, and independent scholarship. The Wilson Center brings fresh thinking and deep expertise to the most pressing policy challenges we face today. The center convene scholars to create a global dialogue of ideas that Congress, the administration, and the international policy community can act on.

Washington D.C.

​​World Movement for Democracy

The World Movement for Democracy is a global network of civil society activists, scholars, parliamentarians, thought leaders, journalists, and funders who are committed to advancing democracy. Since 1999, we have facilitated networking among democracy supporters and convened discussions and workshops on democracy in different regions of the world. We actively empower the democracy movements to engage in cross-regional solidarity, as well as share knowledge, support, and strategies with one another.