Projects and Activities


The Swiss Democracy Foundation is engaged in democracy worldwide with a special emphasis on citizen-oriented, participatory and direct-democratic developments.



Our new instrument for supporting and promoting participation in and for modern democracy.

Link zur Internetauftritt Navigator der direkten Demokratie

Direct Democracy Navigator

The Direct Democracy Navigator is a so far unique online tool which assembles data from around the world on direct democracy.

Link zur Webseite des Global Forum on Modern ­Direct Democracy

Global Forum

The Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy is a global conference taking place at one or two-year intervals and focussing on direct-democratic citizens’ rights. The next editions of the Forum are under preparation and planned to take place in Switzerland and Mexico.


The Swiss Democracy Foundation and its predecessor organisations, such as the Initiative and Referendum Institute Europe (IRI-Europe), have made significant contributions to numerous publications. An overview of our most important publications in collaboration with our partner organisations can be found here.


The Swiss Democracy Foundation organizes and hosts events in Switzerland and around the world. Find more informations here.

All other activities in which the predecessor organisations and the Swiss Democracy Foundation have been significantly involved in the past can be found here.