Funding and supporting

The Swiss Democracy Foundation is engaged in democracy worldwide with a special emphasis on citizen-oriented, participatory and direct-democratic developments.

The Foundation supports currently the following projects and organisations:

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.

Riff Reporter

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.

IRI 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.

Global Forum

The Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy is a global conference taking place annually and focussing on direct-democratic citizens’ rights. The next two editions will be in Bern/Switzerland (April 2021) and Mexico City (October 2022).