We want to improve your understanding of the ways in which money and politics interact by sharing knowledge, experiences and good practice from around the world.
Our activities in this area include stimulating national debates on legal reforms, building institutional capacity and producing global comparative knowledge.
We offer advice, upon request, to countries undergoing legal reforms, for example by assisting with the drafting and review of legislation. In recent years we have provided advice to political parties, oversight agencies and governments in Chile, Kenya, Mongolia, Myanmar and Peru.
We also provide assistance to political parties and oversight agencies implementing existing regulations, for example through improving reporting and disclosure procedures.
Research and analysis
International IDEA conducts research and compiles global data on political finance regulations in order to better understand the state of money in politics, as well as its challenges and possible solutions. As part of our research, we produce a range of publications, databases and tools, and carry out advocacy work.
International IDEA has initiated and established a money in politics community of practice to create a global push for more transparency and accountability related to money in politics. This community shares information and coordinates its efforts to better understand money in politics.
Drawing on our experience and accumulated knowledge, we offer training to national and international actors on issues related to the regulation of political finance. For example, our in-country training for political parties and oversight agencies forms a large part of our work on reporting and disclosure.
International IDEA's comparative advantage
Our work on money in politics stands out in two respects. First, we have established a solid reputation for our global and comparative research. Second, we have a long track record of providing support to political and electoral actors on the ground. International IDEA is therefore unique in that we are able to combine a body of research with a large number of in-country support projects.
We work directly with primary stakeholders such as political parties and oversight and enforcement agencies, providing advice and technical assistance. We also cooperate, on a case-by-case basis, with other international actors, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and others.
In the news
International IDEA published articles on Money in Politics
- The root of all evil? How money corrupts democracy, Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, June 2016
- From Netflix ‘Narcos’ to Peru: money, drugs and elections OpenDemocracy, March 2016
- Canadians, go vote to get your money’s worth Open Democracy, October 2015
- Dirty money, damaged democracy: What to do? Open Democracy, September 2015
- The cost of democracy: Campaign finance regulation in Latin America, Brookings Institute, July 2015
- How to fix UK political party finance, Open Democracy, June 2015
- Root out electoral graft, Buhari, Mail and Guardian, April 2015
- Asia’s big democracies are drowning in campaign cash, Foreign Policy, April 2015
- European elections and campaign finance: show us the money, Open Democracy, 20 May 2014
- Latin America governed by crime: The links betweenpolitics and organized crime Insight Crime, April 2014
- Dirty money: Breaking the link betweenorganised crime and politics Overseas Development Institute, December 2013
- Mer bistånd måste gå till media Omvärlden, August 2015, in Swedish
- Nya kraven på att redovisa partipengarna räcker inte, Dagens Nyheter, July 2015, in Swedish