• SWISS
    DEMOCRACY
    FOUNDATION

    SCHWEIZER
    DEMOKRATIE
    STIFTUNG

Swiss
Democracy
foundation


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


The Swiss Democracy Foundation (SDF) promotes projects and collaborates with partners to safeguard and foster democracy, with a specific emphasis on citizen engagement, tolerance towards minorities, and global comprehension.

The foundation is overseen by a Board consisting of five members and is supported by an international Advisory Board. The foundation is headquartered in Lucerne, Switzerland, and is currently establishing its office in Bern, Switzerland. As of 1st January 2022, Stefanie Bosshard has been leading the office.

We are observing how different societies with varying democratic tendencies are handling the current global crises worldwide. In times of conflicts, pandemics, and emergencies related to the climate, it is of utmost importance to have careful leadership, unbiased scientific advice, and complete transparency. Trust is a crucial factor in maintaining a healthy relationship between citizens, politicians and authorities.

The most effective way to achieve this is by ensuring that individuals are fully informed about their rights and freedoms, and that they can rely on solid social welfare protection. Robust democratic societies are better equipped to deal with such challenges, while regimes with low levels of trust frequently have recourse to authoritarian and populist methods.

Building democratic trust capital constitutes the primary goal of the Swiss Democracy Foundation.

Would you like to support our work? We rely on your generous support and commitment.



Current Activities

 


 

Global Forum on Modern ­Direct Democracy

The Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy is the largest global conference on participatory and direct democracy. The twelfth edition will take place from 15 to 18 May 2024 in Bucharest, Romania.


Youth + Democracy Fund

Our instrument to support an promote the participation of young people in and for modern democracy


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The Direct Democracy Navigator

The Direct Democracy Navigator is a so far unique online tool which assembles data from around the world on direct democracy.


CURRENT MEDIA COVERAGE

 

Article "Alpthaler strengthens the Swiss Democracy Foundation" in the Einsiedler Anzeiger


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Watch the SRF Tagesschau report on the party bazaar in Bern and the comments of our Managing Director Stefanie Bosshard.


Listen to the SRF Tagesgespräch on the topic "The dangers for Africa without a grain agreement" with our Board of Trustees Andreas Zivy..


Read the interview with Adrian Schmid, Chairman of the Board, in the journal "The Philanthropist".