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Georgia is considered a positive case of democratic development. International IDEA has supported democracy in Georgia since the early 2000s. Its democratic reforms, functioning democratic institutions, and peaceful electoral transitions of the past years constitute an exemplary model of democratic developments among new democracies in Eastern Europe. With a positive record of reforms in the past, the country continues to face challenges in consolidating and deepening its democratic processes.

In recent years, International IDEA’s focus in Georgia has been on the area of money in politics, as well as citizen participation. We have worked with Georgian actors such as the State Audit Office, the Central Elections Commission and local civil society. At the end of 2016, Georgia launched an online reporting and disclosure system for political party donations, to which International IDEA has contributed with international comparative knowledge.

The country still faces challenges in ensuring inclusive political participation as well as preventing informal influences and financial interests from dominating the political scene. We continue to support Georgia by convening stakeholders to discuss the role of money in politics.

Network & Partners

Centre of Policy and Legal Reform
Centrul de Instruire Continuă în Domeniul Electoral
Council of Europe
Council of the European Union
European Commission
European Endowment for Democracy
European External Action Service
European Parliament
Group of States against Corruption
Institute for Development and Social Initiatives (IDIS) Viitorul
International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)
Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD)
OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities
OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR)
State Audit Office of Georgia
Swedish International Liberal Centre (SILC)
Venice Commission


Senior Programme Manager

Passage 31
NL-2511 AB
The Hague

Sam Van der Staak
Senior Programme Manager