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No Democracy without accountability

17 September 2019
European Committee of the Regions - Brussels

This conference is funded by the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)


The International Day of Democracy conference is an annual event that brings representatives from the international community together to share their experiences about protecting and building democracy worldwide.

In 2019, the International Day of Democracy conference focuses on a key issue in contemporary democracy discussions: Accountability.

Maina Kiai, former UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of freedom of peaceful assembly and association and a prominent Kenyan human rights activist, is the conference’s keynote speaker. Kiai has spent much of his career focused on combatting corruption, supporting political reform and fighting against impunity in his native Kenya.

A number of other high-profile speakers from throughout the world will speak at the conference about their work fighting for democratic accountability.

Their combined experiences as civil society leaders, elected officials, investigative journalists, academics, legal representatives and EU officials demonstrate that accountability is key to well-functioning democracies.

Accountability refers to all the different ways that citizens, political parties, parliaments and other democratic actors can provide feedback to, reward or sanction elected officials in charge of setting up and enforcing public policies. Proper accountability mechanisms provide incentives for governments to work in the best interest of their citizens.


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The outreach campaign ‘EU4Democracy’ is providing EU Delegations with thematic tools to promote and celebrate the International Day of Democracy. This is an opportunity to promote EU Democracy Support in third countries, in particular the EU’s role in supporting civil society advocacy for the accountability of public authorities.

Supporting Democracy’ (SD) is an EIDHR-funded programme (managed by DG DEVCO B1) working with EU Delegations to strengthen the role of local civil society in advocating and monitoring democratic accountability.

The European Endowment for Democracy (EED) is an independent, grant-making organisation, established in 2013 by the European Union (EU) and EU member states to foster democracy in the European Neighbourhood (Eastern Partnership – EaP – and Middle East and North Africa – MENA), the Western Balkans, and beyond.EED supports civil society organisations, pro-democracy movements, civic and political activists, and independent media platforms and journalists working towards a pluralistic, democratic political system.

The European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP) consists of 51 members and three affiliated entities, coming from 22 countries within the EU. The members are ideologically close to six party families - ALDE, ECR, EPP, Greens/EFA, GUE/NGL, and S&D - represented in the European Parliament and belonging to the democratic spectrum. The Network serves as a platform for political foundations in Europe to exchange with the EU institutions, civil society organisations (CSOs) and research institutes on the subjects of democracy support, development cooperation and political dialogue. The activities of political foundations in the fields of democracy support and development cooperation, include civic education, public campaigning and awareness building, advocacy directed towards institutions as well as decision-makers in their respective home countries.

The European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) is a non-profit organisation supporting democracy and good governance worldwide. The EPD network brings together 15 organisations from around the European Union (EU) that specialise on different sectors of democracy support.

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization with the mission to advance democracy worldwide, as a universal human aspiration and enabler of sustainable development. International IDEA provides analyses of global and regional democratic trends; produces comparative knowledge of good international democratic practices; offers technical assistance and capacity-building on democratic reform to actors engaged in democratic processes; and convenes dialogue on issues relevant to the public debate on democracy and democracy building.

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