Societies need to invest in their democratic cultures to meet the challenges of our contemporary times and to guarantee the peaceful and democratic co-existence of Europe’s people.

The European Democracy Foundation operates as a Fonds of the
Swiss Democracy Foundation.

It particularly supports projects that strengthen democracy at EU level and within Europe’s nation states. It is part of the Umbrella Foundation for Individual Charitable Giving of the GLS Treuhand (part of the GLS Bank) in Bochum.

The European 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 a world conference taking place annually and focussing on direct-democratic citizens’ rights. The next forums are under preparation and planned to take place in Switzerland and Mexico.


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.