“Long-term promotion of democracy with a special
emphasis on citizen-oriented, participatory and direct-democratic
The Swiss Democracy Foundation (SDF) – in common with the simultaneously founded European Democracy Foundation – stands for greater participation of citizens in the political process, democracy, tolerance and international understanding.The Swiss Democracy Foundation was founded in 2016 in Lucerne (Switzerland). In order to develop our foundation we need a solid financial underpinning and are thus reliant on donations.
The Swiss Democracy Foundation supports projects and organisations in the areas of research, consultancy, education, the media and networking. Our current projects are:
Democracy International is a global umbrella organisation of individuals and organisations who are committed to the long-term development of democracy.
The Navigator to Direct Democracy
The Navigator to Direct Democracy is a so far unique online tool which assembles data from around the world on direct democracy.
Global Forum on Modern Direct DemocracyThe Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy
is a the main global conference taking place every year and focussing on participatory and direct-democratic procedures and practices.
RiffReporter is a media collective founded in 2016. Its working concept is that of a platform and cooperative infrastructure for free journalists everywhere.
People2 Power is the first global media platform devoted to issues of participation and direct democracy. It is operated by the Swiss Democracy Foundation in close cooperation with public broadcasting organisations in Switzerland, the Netherlands and other countries.
Initiative and Referendum Institute Europe
The Initiative and Referendum Institute Europe (IRI Europe) has been advising governmental and non-governmental institutions and organisations on questions of direct democracy and citizen participation.