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Power for Democracies

Researching what works best

Introducing Power for Democracies

We are a new nonprofit evaluator for interventions aiming to protect and strengthen liberal democracies – based in Berlin, operating globally. We aspire to build an evidence base on effective pro-democracy projects and trustworthy NGOs carrying them out, covering a wide geographic and topical landscape. This requires aggregating and analyzing existing research results as well as conducting and commissioning new research. We aim to come up with strategic and tactical recommendations that political and civil society actors may use in deciding how to allocate their limited resources.

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

Liberal democracies worldwide are being challenged in many ways, resulting in an urgent need for civil society and citizens to engage effectively. However, there is little by way of scientific evidence or practitioners’ consensus on how to best protect and strengthen democratic norms and institutions. In particular, there are no well-established methodologies for evaluating the strategies and tactics used by liberal-democratic political and civil society actors– and few evidence-based recommendations that donors can rely on. Power for Democracies aims to close these gaps.

Who is behind Power for Democracies?

Power for Democracies was founded in 2023 by Markus N. Beeko (the former Secretary General of Amnesty International in Germany) together with Stefan Shaw and Stephan Schwahlen, the founders of the philanthropy advisory and co-founders of Power for Democracies is funded by small family foundations and individuals from Germany and Switzerland who wish to make an effective contribution in support of liberal democracies worldwide.

We need YOUR Power for Democracies!

We are currently recruiting for our global, diverse, and passionate team. If you are a democracy enthusiast and want to stay informed about our vacancies, sign up for our updates.

How can you stay in touch with Power for Democracies?

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