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EPD is conceived as a “Community of practice“. That is, a group of organisations which work together because, by doing so, they can substantially improve the way they operate in the realm of democracy support. This notion does not only apply to EPD as a network and its institutional development, but also to all the actions and partnerships constructed under the EPD banner.

The following organisations are members of EPD and have signed the EPD statutes. All members take part in the General Assembly that governs the organisation and elect Board members for a mandate of 2 years each. At the moment 8 Board member are elected and among themselves, they appoint a President, Vice-President and Treasurer for 2 year mandates.


Supports media development from Africa to Asia.
Defending freedom of expression and information
Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy
Demo Finland
is a cooperative organisation of all the Finnish parliamentary parties supporting multiparty democracy in new and developing democracies.
Democracy Reporting International
DRI strengthens the institutions that make democracy sustainable.
provides Assistance, Expertise and Research to support Parliaments.

ALDA brings together local authorities and civil society to turn their communities into better places to live in.

European Exchange
European Exchange is committed to the democratic development of Europe and its neighbourhood.

The NHC supports activities related to conflict prevention, human rights protection, upholding of the rule of law, and the promotion…


NIMD works to promote peaceful, just and inclusive politics worldwide. NIMD is non-partisan and driven by democratic values.

The Oslo Center
The Oslo Center is an independent, non-partisan democracy assistance center.
People in Need
Professional humanitarian organisation striving to provide aid in troubled regions and support adherence to human rights around the world
Catolica Instituto de Estudos Politicos
Westminster Foundation for Democracy

WFD works to establish legitimate multi-party democracy in developing countries through international cooperation.

Club de Madrid
The world’s largest forum of former Heads of State and Government
Experts in Democracy, Governance and Elections
Kofi Annan Foundation
KAF’s mission is to help build peaceful, democratic and resilient societies.

Joining EPD

EPD is the first Community of Practice at the EU level – where practitioners from different dimensions of democracy support can produce and share knowledge and experience in order to increase the impact of their work. EPD currently comprises members with a long track record and specialisations in working:

a) on different fields of democracy support: political parties, local authorities, elections, multi-stakeholder dialogue, political and civil rights, civil society capacity building, media monitoring and civic and political education;

b) at different levels of society: political leadership, elected representatives, state officials, civil society and grassroots community representatives.

By covering different fields and levels of support, EPD has direct insight and hands-on experience of the various dimensions of democratic governance that must work in parallel in a functioning democracy.

The Community bases itself on three key pillars or strands of work that are interrelated: knowledge-sharing, advocacy and joint programmes.

For more information on how to join EPD, contact our Executive Director Ken Godfrey at [email protected].

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