“Long-term promotion of democracy with a special emphasis on citizen-oriented, participatory and direct-democratic developments worldwide”.

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 is headquartered in Lucerne/Switzerland and welcomes sponsors and donators. The Foundation supports and co-hosts projects and organizations of its own and does organize democracy Forums in Switzerland and around the world.

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

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 Democracy

The Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy

is the main global conference 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 Democracy International.

Initiative and Referendum Institute Europe

The Initiative and Referendum Institute Europe (IRI Europe) is Europe's first global think-tank on modern direct democracy and offers publications, advice and education programs.