Democracy Brochure

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In the run-up to the 2015 elections in Nigeria, the EII brokered an agreement, known as the Abuja Accord, which facilitated the peaceful transition of power between the opposing political protagonists.

Autocratic governments often use elections to wrap themselves in a veneer of democratic legitimacy. New democracies struggle to consolidate democratic gains, while growing inequality puts pressure on many older democracies to show that they are relevant to citizens’ concerns and wellbeing. Across the world, uncontrolled political finance threatens to hollow out democracy and rob it of its unique strengths.

The EII is currently working with several countries in Africa, South America and Asia, to reinforce the legitimacy of their electoral processes. The EII continues to add countries to its watch-list based on the likelihood of violent, destabilizing elections and our capacity to constructively wield influence.

The Kofi Annan Foundation advises countries on how to strengthen the integrity and legitimacy of their electoral processes and avoid election related violence. Looking beyond technical requirements, it focuses on creating conditions for legitimate elections, making it possible to govern in a climate of trust and transparency. For more information about our ongoing project visit

Towards a fairer, more peaceful world.


Kofi Annan Foundation P.O.B. 157 | 1211 Geneva 20 | Switzerland Tel: +41 22 919 7520 Fax: +41 22 919 7529 Email: Towards a fairer, more peaceful world.

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