The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance — International IDEA is an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. International IDEA’s mission is to support sustainable democratic change by providing comparative knowledge, and assisting in democratic reform, and influencing policies and politics.
International IDEA acts as a catalyst for democracy building; by providing knowledge resources, policy proposals and supporting democratic reforms in response to specific national requests. It works together with policy makers, governments, UN organizations and agencies and regional organizations engaged in the field of democracy building.
International IDEA develops, shares and enables the use of comparative knowledge in its key areas of expertise: electoral processes,constitution building,political participation and representation, democracy and development and democracy assessments.
It also addresses the important issues of gender, diversity, and conflict and security as they relate to democracy.
International IDEA is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and works worldwide through offices in New York, Brussels, The Hague, Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Under its 2018-2022 Strategy, International IDEA will support the integrity of processes and institutions of political participation and representation through strengthening the capacity of formal institutions of political participation and representation, such as parliaments and political parties. In this regard, International IDEA, the European Union (EU) and DFID have entered into an Agreement to implement the Parliamentary Oversight for Better Service Delivery Project to Strengthen the Capacity of Myanmar Parliament. The project aims to strengthen representative and inclusive democracy through support for the effective functioning of parliament in Myanmar, by enhancing their legislative, oversight, representative, budgetary and administrative functions. The project focuses both on elected Members of Parliament (MPs), particularly in their capacity as members of parliamentary committees and on the staff of parliaments' secretariats.
The outcome objectives for the Action is that the parliamentary committees:
By implementing this Action, International IDEA plans to engage with the targeted parliamentary committees through a combination of activities aimed at inspiring and supporting them. These activities will include practical training on key economic and public financial management concepts, advisory services, sharing comparative experiences of institutional development and reform, facilitating peer-to-peer learning and networking, support for applying a gender-sensitive lens to budget oversight, facilitating platforms of dialogue, and developing and providing knowledge resources.
International IDEA is an equal opportunity employer which seeks to further diversify its staff in terms of gender, culture and nationality.