World's Memory Developement

A global network of democrats who have come together to cooperate in the promotion of democracy

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The World Movement for Democracy is a global network of democrats, including activists, practitioners, academics, policy makers, and funders, who have come together to cooperate in the promotion of democracy.

The Washington, DC-based National Endowment for Democracy (NED) initiated this nongovernmental effort with a global Assembly in New Delhi, India, in February 1999 to strengthen democracy where it is weak, to reform and invigorate democracy even where it is longstanding, and to bolster pro-democracy groups in countries that have not yet entered into a process of democratic transition.

Only those networks, groups, or individuals sharing the principles and values contained in the Founding Statement may be associated with the World Movement for Democracy. Political positions adopted by such networks, groups, or individuals will not bind the World Movement as a whole, which, as a matter of policy, does not advocate positions on particular political issues.

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The goal of the World Movement for Democracy is not to create a new centralized organization that will make decisions on its own. Indeed, the movement is not an organization as such. Rather, it is a proactive network of democrats that will meet periodically (not less than once every two years) to exchange ideas and experiences and to foster collaboration among democratic forces around the world.

In creating a forum of democrats from established democracies, new democracies, and transitional and authoritarian countries, we believe that it is important to avoid any impression of a patron-client relationship.

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To this end, the network will provide an arena of interaction for all those who feel the need for support and those capable of providing it in various ways. Those struggling to open up closed societies will find in the movement a network of democrats sympathetic to their causes. Those seeking to deepen and reform democracy in their own country, and those wanting to provide effective democratic assistance from the outside, will find new means of communication and shared learning to enhance their effectiveness. Similarly, democratic think tanks, scholars, and policy analysts will find in the network an exciting additional channel for the exchange of ideas, projects, research findings, reform initiatives, and institutional designs for democracy. The network may also help to enhance the international resources now available for financial and technical assistance to democratic development.

While the network will be non-governmental, it appreciates that governments have a vital role to play in fostering institutional cooperation to promote democracy.

The network recognizes the importance of transparency and fairness in the functioning of international institutions. And it resolves to ensure the full and equal involvement of representatives of all regions in its own future activities, including preparatory work for future meetings of the World Movement for Democracy.

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The Inaugural Assembly of the World Movement, 1999
New Delhi, India

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in Washington, DC, in cooperation with the Confederation of Indian Industry and the Centre for Policy Research of New Delhi, brought together leading democracy activists, practitioners and thinkers from every region of the world to explore the possibilities of networking with each other across borders, cultures and professional backgrounds. The 400 participants from more than 80 countries who gathered in New Delhi represented nongovernmental organizations, civic education groups, business associations, anti-corruption institutes, trade unions, political parties, democracy think tanks, and democracy-support foundations, as well as parliamentarians and governmental officials engaged in the advancement of democracy.

By consensus, assembly participants approved a Founding Statement, creating the World Movement for Democracy as “proactive network of democrats” that would meet not less than once every two years “to exchange ideas and experiences and to foster collaboration among democratic forces around the world.”

Participants in the inaugural assembly recognized the potential of emerging technologies – especially the Internet – to break information monopolies imposed by authoritarian regimes and connect democrats with one another. At the same time, they also recognized technology’s limitations for many in the developing world and the power of face-to-face interaction for people united in a common cause. These observations guide the World Movement’s work today: promote online communication community among its participants while sponsoring biannual, global assemblies to bring people together in a physical place.

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