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What we do – DIPD

The Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy (DIPD) provides democracy assistance through partnership-based projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. We work to develop and further democratic institutions in political systems and civil society focusing on media, young people, elections, gender and human rights. We bring together individuals, groups and political parties to share ideas, knowledge and experiences and support projects that strengthen a democratic culture. We also participate in partnerships with organisations specialised in support for political parties.


Our Mandate

The Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy was established by the Danish Parliament in May 2010. Its overall purpose is to strengthen and complement the Danish democracy assistance, particularly through support of political parties and multi-party systems in developing countries by seeking to:

  1. Support party-to-party cooperation and the development of democratic parties in developing countries
  2.  Support independent media, think-tanks and non-governmental organizations in the developing countries, which seek to promote the development of a democratic political culture and multiparty systems.
  3. Cooperate with local partners in developing countries, and finally
  4. Cooperate with international institutions focused on the support of multiparty democracy as well as other international partners.

See: Act 530 on the establishment of the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy adopted May 2010.

Visit the Danish Parliament, ‘Folketinget’, at

Through training and sharing of experiences the youth will learn how they can develop politics, formulate positions, identify target groups and then decide on the appropriate channels for their messages. I see a future where young voters will ask politicians to present their objectives and what the party has to. In return the politicians and the parties will get more knowledge about the needs and demands among the people they would like to lead.

Frankeline Mukwanja, Coordinator
Centre for Multiparty Democracy, Kenya


The strategy for 2014-2017 ‘Ideas that can Inspire’ was approved by the Board in May 2014. The new strategy builds on the lessons learnt by the Danish parties and the Institute over the first three-year period. The Strategy fleshes out the vision, mission, principles, experiences, objectives, methods, results, and organisational efforts of the Institute following its first initial years.

Download our Strategy 2014-2017 (PDF) English version Danish version

How we( )support

DIPD supports party-to-party projects between a Danish political party and partners in developing countries as well as multiparty partnerships based on a cross-political platform.

Visit our current partnerships here. Please see the funding pages if you are interested in a partnership through DIPD.

Party-to-party Partnerships

Half of the Institute’s project funds is used for party-to-party partnerships.  In practice, this will generally refer to cooperation between a political party in Denmark on the one hand and parties, party-like groupings and movements in developing countries on the other.

In some cases, the fact that cooperation is taking place between ‘sister parties’ will mean that the parties, broadly defined, have a common ideological standpoint, e.g. that they are based on a liberal, conservative, social-democratic, socialist or similar foundation. However, considering that the parties operate in different environments and under different conditions, the sister dimension will not necessarily mean that the policies of the parties in specific areas are the same.

There will also be cases in which the sister aspect is of a somewhat looser nature. This can typically be the situation in countries where new parties are established following a conflict or following a major upheaval of a political or social nature. In such cases, a political party may stem from a movement that has participated in the upheaval and establishes itself as an actual political party in connection with the preparations for a future general election.

Multiparty Partnerships

Half of the Institute’s project funds will be used to supporting cross-political projects where the intention is to contribute to the development of pluralistic party systems, or what in everyday language are called ‘multiparty systems’.

Multiparty projects will often involve all or the majority of the political parties represented in parliament and occasionally also all or the majority of the parties that field candidates for election without getting elected. This may include capacity support in particular areas for all parties, dialogue between parties concerning guidelines for party behaviour during an election, discussions between parties about constitutional amendments that concern political parties, cooperation on specific legislation in parliament, etc.

However, multiparty initiatives may also include a range of other stakeholders, like non-governmental organisations that involve political parties in their work, media platforms such as newspapers, local radio stations and TV stations, and think tanks that carry out analyses of the parties’ policies and behaviour.

Through dialogue and consultancy with the parties about policy development in concrete areas of importance for the country’s development, ways of strengthening women’s participation in the work of the parties, and the parties’ work at the local level in districts and provinces, this range of stakeholders can constructively contribute to building up a well-functioning multiparty system.

International( )Networks

DIPD is part of – and seeks to cooperate with – the global community of institutes working with political party support and other areas of democracy assistance. Visit the international institutes, party internationals and political party foundations listed below to find out more about field of international support to democracies around the world.

Nordic political parties and their affiliated organisations are currently supporting democratic regimes and political parties in more than 40 countries. The  Academy is an opportunity for peers in Scandinavia to share findings and experience in the common field of political party democracy support, with a particular focus on addressing Youth participation, Women’s participation, Inter-party dialogue, monitoring and evaluation, policy development and Organizational development.The idea was born at the first Nordic Meeting convened by DIPD in Copenhagen in conjunction with the Christiansborg seminar.

In 2014, the Nordic Academy was launched at the third Nordic Meeting in Espoo and Helsinki on 18th and 19th September.

Read the report from the 2014 Nordic Academy

DIPD is part of a community of international institutes working with political party support and other areas of democracy assistance. Visit the institutes below and learn more about the field of democracy assistance and the numerous initiatives around the world.

DEMO Finland Political Parties of Finland for Democracy

Demo Finland, functions as a co-operative organisation for Finnish parliamentary parties. It seeks to enhance democracy by carrying out and facilitating collaborative projects between Finnish political parties and political movements in developing countries thereby promoting dialogue and mutual learning.

International IDEA International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance 

More commonly known as International IDEA – is an intergovernmental organisation based in Stockholm, Sweden, that seeks to support sustainable democratic change by providing comparative knowledge, assisting in democratic reform, and influencing policies and politics. International IDEA works in areas such as political party support, elections, constitution building and gender in democracy.

International Republican Institute

A non-profit, nonpartisan organisation based in the US. IRI seeks to advance freedom and democracy worldwide by support to political parties, civic institutions, open elections, democratic governance and the rule of law.

National Democratic Institute

A non-profit and nonpartisan organisation based in Washington. NDI and its local partners work to promote openness and accountability in government by building political and civic organizations, safeguarding elections, and promoting citizen participation.

National Endowment for Democracy

A private, non-profit foundation based in Washington, dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year, with funding from the US Congress, NED supports more than 1000 projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries.

Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy The Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD)

Is a democracy assistance organisation of political parties in the Netherlands for political parties in developing countries. NIMD supports the institutional development of political parties; the improvement of democratic systems, and efforts to improve relations between political parties, civil society and the media.

Westminster Foundation for Democracy

The UK-based WFD is an independent public body sponsored by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. WFD works to achieve sustainable political change in emerging democracies. Working with partner organisations, it seeks to strengthen the institutions of democracy such as political parties, parliaments and civil society organisations.

The Party internationals are networks of like-minded political parties from around the world united by shared ideological foundations. These networks provide a platform for peer learning, exchange of views of matters of policy and promotion of their respective ideologies around the globe.

The four main party internationals are:

Centrist Democrat International

The Centrist Democrat International (CDI), previously known as the Christian Democrat International and the Christian Democrat and People’s Parties International, is a group of primarily centrist political parties dedicated to the promotion of Christian democracy. CDI has members from around the globe, though primarily Europe and Latin America. Youth of the Centrist Democrat International is the affiliated youth organisation of CDI.

International Democrat Union

The International Democrat Union (IDU) is a working association of over 80 Conservative, Christian Democrat and like-minded political parties of the centre and centre right. Formed in 1983, the IDU provides a forum in which Parties holding similar beliefs can come together and exchange views on matters of policy and organisational interest as well as promote democracy and centre-right policies around the globe. Organisations affiliated with IDU are International Young Democrat Union (IYDU) and International Women’s Democrat Union (IWDU) as well as a wide range of regional unions as the Union of Latin America Parties (UPLA), Asian Pacific Democrat Union (APDU), Caribbean Democrat Union (CDU), Democrat Union of Africa/ African Dialogue Group (DUA, European Democrat Union (EDU) and European People’s Party (EPP).

Liberal International

Liberal International (LI) is the world federation of liberal and progressive democratic political parties. LI was founded in 1947 to strengthen liberal protection from totalitarianism, fascism and communism. It has since become a network for promoting liberalism, individual freedom, human rights, the rule of law, tolerance, equality of opportunity, social justice, free trade and a market economy. LI include more than 50 political party members, including the the Danish Social-Liberal Party (Radikale Venstre) and the Liberal Party of Denmark (Venstre). Affiliated with LI are the International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLY), International Network of Liberal Women (INLW), and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE).

Socialist International

The Socialist International (SI) is an organisation of social democratic, socialist and labour parties. According to the Declaration of Principles, member parties are united by their common pursuit of freedom, social justice and solidarity. SI, whose origins go back to the early international organisations of the labour movement, has existed in its present form since 1951. It currently brings together 161 political parties and organisations from all continents, including the Danish Social Democrats. Fraternal organisations include the International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) and Socialist International Women (SIW)

Political party foundations are institutions affiliated with political parties, though often independent, that carry out democracy assistance in new democracies, often through party-to-party collaborations with likeminded political parties. Visit the political party foundations in Germany and Sweden listed below and learn more about their support to democracies around the world.


Friedrich Ebert Foundation
Affiliated with the Social Democratic Party

Friedrich Naumann Foundation
Affiliated with the German liberal party, the Free Democratic Party

Hanns Seidel Foundation
Affiliated with the Christian Social Union (CSU)

Heinrich Böll Foundation
Affiliated with the green party, Bündnis 90, Die Grünen

Konrad Adenauer Foundation
Affiliated with the centre right party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU)

Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
Affiliated with the leftist party, die Linke


Centerparty’s International Foundation
Affiliated with the Swedish center party, Centerpartiet.

Green Forum Foundation
Affiliated with the Swedish green party, Miljöpartiet

Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation
Affiliated with the Swedish centre-right party Moderaterna.

Christian Democratic International Centre
Affiliated with the Swedish Christian Democratic party, Kristendemokraterne

Left International Forum
Affiliated with the Swedish left party, Vänsterpartiet.

The Olof Palme International Center 
Affiliated with the Swedish social democratic party, Socialdemokraterna

Swedish International Liberal Centre
Affiliated with the Swedish liberal party, Folkpartiet

Global Political Party Peer Network

This Global Network brings together political party assistance organizations, the donor community and academics to discuss and explore the best ways to enhance  political  parties as democratic institutions. The Network exchanges best practices, discusses common challenges and improves the effectiveness of party assistance.

Currently, the following organisations form part of Steering Group:

National Democratic Institute

Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy

European Network for Political Foundations

The Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights

Swedish International Liberal Centre

International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance

The International Republican Institute

and DIPD