Annika Silva-Leander

Head of Democracy Assessment and Political Analysis


Annika Silva-Leander's heads the Democracy Assessment and Political Analysis (DAPA) Unit, which produces International IDEA’s Global State of Democracy Report.

Prior to leading the DAPA unit, she was the Senior Adviser to the Secretary-General of International IDEA. Prior to joining International IDEA, Silva-Leander worked for 10 years as a Social Development Specialist at the World Bank in Washington DC, in Indonesia and in Cambodia. During that time, she conducted analytical work and managed projects on civic engagement and participation, social accountability in governance and service delivery contexts, community-driven development, poverty reduction with marginalized groups and in social protection and public health. She has also done various assignments for UN institutions, including UNICEF and UNDP.

Prior to the World Bank, Silva-Leander worked as a Programme Manager at the AVINA Foundation’s regional office in Costa Rica. She has experience from working in Latin America, South and South-East Asia and Africa.

Her research has focused on civic engagement in governance and democratization processes, civil society participation in anti-corruption reform, and social development.

Her doctoral thesis analyzed the role of non governmental organizations in anti-corruption reform in Indonesia. Annika is a Swedish and French citizen.


BA in Political Science (University of Stockholm, Sweden); MPhil in Development Studies (University of Sussex, UK); MSc in Latin American Public Policy (University of Oxford, UK); and PhD in Social Policy (London School of Economics, UK)
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Stockholm, Sweden