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Power for Democracies

Researching what works best

Introducing Power for Democracies

We are the new, non-profit democracy charity evaluator – based in Berlin, operating globally. Power for Democracies aspires to build an evidence base on effective pro-democracy activities and efficient NGOs carrying them out, covering a wide geographic and topical landscape. This will require gathering and processing existing knowledge as well as initiating our own research. We will use the results to publish recommendations for donors, who want to support democracy as effectively as possible.

Why do we think a new organization like Power for Democracies is needed?

Liberal democracies are globally being challenged on various levels, resulting in the need for civil society and citizens to engage. But there is little scientific evidence or practitioners’ consensus on how to best counter threats and strengthen democracies. In particular, there are no well established methodologies for evaluating measures used by non-profit organizations to (re)vitalize democracy – and too few evidence-based donation recommendations that pro-democracy donors can confidently rely on. Power for Democracies wants to close these gaps.

Who is behind Power for Democracies?

Power for Democracies was founded in 2023 by Markus N. Beeko, currently secretary general of Amnesty International in Germany, together with Stefan Shaw and Stephan Schwahlen, founders of philanthropy advisory and co-founders/advisors at The launch funding was provided by individuals, who share a personal interest in supporting democracies with the greatest possible impact.

We need YOUR Power for Democracies!

We are now starting the recruiting process for our global, diverse and passionate team: If you are a democracy enthusiast, who is interested in joining our “Knowledge and Research” team, this is where you find a detailed job description.

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If you want to stay informed about our vacancies, sign up to our update service or bookmark our job portal. We will be looking for “Media & Distribution” specialists later this year! And if you would like to apply for a role in the “Knowledge & Research team” right away, just press the button.

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How to stay in touch with Power for Democracies?

We are gearing up for the launch of Power for Democracies in 2023. If you want to stay in touch and keep informed, register for our “updates”-list:

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