OSCE participating States reaffirmed their commitment to democracy in the Commemorative Declaration adopted at the Astana Summit in December 2010, and that this principle applies equally to all.
ODIHR’s work in democratization aims to support participating States in meeting their OSCE commitments by providing policy advice and assistance in building the capacities of democratic institutions in all three branches of government, and facilitating the inclusion of civil society actors in decision-making processes. By assisting participating States in strengthening democratic institutions, ODIHR works with governments to help them become more responsive, responsible and representative to their citizens.
ODIHR also takes into account the electoral cycle and follows up on recommendations made by ODIHR election observation missions by developing the capacities of institutions and civil society in OSCE participating States, thereby enhancing the consolidation of a democratic culture.
The Office’s work in democratization consists of activities in the following areas: