Global Democracy Initiative

A functioning democracy incorporates many components, including free, fair and transparent elections, independent governmental institutions, and an informed electorate. The Global Democracy Initiative (GDI) is an organization established through a partnership between the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians, the European Parliament Former Members Association and the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress to utilize former legislators as a valuable resource in the ongoing process of democracy building.

GDI engages in three areas of expertise:

  1. to train former legislators based on internationally recognized guidelines for legislative strengthening and election observation work
  2. to collaborate with reputable NGO’s to place trained legislators in existing missions
  3. to engage former parliamentarians in post-election democracy building work.

Founded in 2005, GDI was created out of the universal idea that an international group of former legislators can add an important dimension to democracy building work in the many nations trying to set up a government based on transparency and rule of law. GDI is able to work with partner organizations to ensure that egalitarian principles take hold and thrive.