Democracy Reporting International (DRI) was founded in 2006 by an international group of experts on democratic governance and elections.
Recognizing a gap in a field that was dominated by big intergovernmental organisations and commercial consultancies, they decided to form a non-governmental, independent organisation that could analyse democratic developments and advise on constitutional and electoral frameworks quickly and flexibly.
Over the years, DRI has broadened its work from research and analysis to direct engagement with partners on the ground to improve democratic structures and safeguards across the countries where we work. It has evolved from a part-time hobby for a handful of people to an organisation with around 100 staff, spread across eight countries and three continents.
Looking back at the past 15 years, we celebrate the milestones that have brought DRI to where it is today.
DRI is founded in Berlin.
DRI opens its first country office in Pakistan, working on improving the country’s election framework.
Following the Arab Spring, DRI opens country offices in Tunisia, Jordan and Egypt. Unfortunately, we leave Jordan and Egypt at some point.
DRI opens an office in Libya, expanding its activity in North Africa.
Following a gradual democratic opening, DRI opens an office in Myanmar.
DRI, by now incorporated, creates a Supervisory Board to oversee the expanding organisation.
Following the Euromaidan revolution, DRI opens a country office in Ukraine.
DRI opens a country office in Sri Lanka.
DRI opens an office in Lebanon.
Following the controversial US elections and UK Brexit referendum, DRI starts closely examining the danger of disinformation on social media for democratic discourse and participation.
DRI embarks on its largest multi-country project yet, promoting human rights through the EU’s GSP+ trade scheme, spreading across nine countries and three continents.
DRI monitors government responses to the covid-19 pandemic across the globe.
DRI turns 15 and unveils a new look!
We work towards a world that empowers informed people to elect their governments, irrespective of social status, gender, religious belief, ethnicity, age or ability. Our support is grounded in globally agreed principles of democracy.
People participate actively in politics; they are vigilant in the defence of open, accountable, constitutional and representative institutions that work for the common good. These institutions can then anchor democratic change and renewal.
We help build democracy through public debates, widespread participation, and accountable governance.
We support political transformations towards democracy, strengthen democratic processes and institutions, and defend democracy and its institutions against attacks.
We help preserve and expand the democratic space we all share in this polarised world, independent of our political opinions, religious beliefs or personal preferences.
We provide independent factual analysis and expertise as a basis for decision-making.
We do all of this by working closely with civil society, parliamentarians and local authorities.
We never forget that democracy means much more than a ballot cast every few years. We help defend the heart of democracy through social media monitoring, analysis, supporting legal reforms, and involving citizens in election observation.
Beyond supporting the writing and implementation of new constitutions, we help strengthen the rule of law and judicial independence. We also help include civil society and the public in debates on the future of justice.
We work with people and organisations to make sure that everyone can participate equally in public life, without fear or repression.
We work on decentralisation reforms, strengthening how local governments operate and increasing civic participation to bring democracy closer to people.
We work to make sure that everyone can access the public debate, online and offline, regardless of political opinions or personal beliefs. We do this by countering disinformation, political polarisation and by engaging citizen groups to monitor online content.
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Programme Manager (Europe)
Programme Manager (MENA)
Programme Manager (Digital Democracy)
Research Coordinator (Rule of Law)
Programme Coordinator (MENA)
Programme Coordinator (MENA)
Research Coordinator (Digital Democracy)
Programme Officer (Digital Democracy)
Programme Coordinator (Digital Democracy)
Research Officer (Rule of Law)
Policy Officer (Digital Democracy)
Research Associate (Digital Democracy)
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Data Analyst (Digital Democracy)
Programme Development and Resource Mobilisation Expert
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At Democracy Reporting International, we uphold a zero-tolerance of abuse in our organisation and programmes. This means that we are committed to ensuring abuse does not occur and to diligently addressing it if it ever does.
Democracy Reporting International staff must treat their programme recipients, partners, and fellow staff members with respect and dignity. In order to do so, they must not abuse others. This includes physical, emotional, or sexual abuse; sexual exploitation; sexual harassment; and neglect. If they are found to have abused others, they will face strict consequences.
DRI staff must report any instance where they may suspect or notice signs of abuse.
DRI programme recipients and partners are also encouraged to report any signs of abuse.
How to report:
Once a report is made, the Safeguarding Focal Point will manage the next steps together with the Director of HR and Administration. This includes coordinating any necessary assistance for the victim, gathering information for the case, and sharing with the Executive Management/Board/external agencies for the final decision.
Please note that all reporters and victims of abuse will be supported throughout the process. This also includes maintaining their anonymity as much as possible.
View the full safeguarding policy below.
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