About the foundation
Who we are
The Alliance of Democracies Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2017 by Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former NATO Secretary General and former Prime Minister of Denmark. The vision of the Alliance of Democracies Foundation is to become the world’s leading “megaphone” for the cause of democracy. The Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of democracy and free markets across the globe and runs three programs:
The Copenhagen Democracy Summit
An annual conference bringing together political and business leaders, including current and former heads of government, from the world’s democracies. The goal of the Summit is to be the top international forum for analysis on the security and economic challenges facing the democratic world as well as a forum for analysis on the interplay between technology and democratic norms.
The Expeditionary Economics Program
The program supports successful entrepreneurial projects in emerging democracies and post-conflict areas, proving the universal appeal and potential of democracy and entrepreneurship. The purpose is to solidify at-risk democracies through locally driven economic growth.
The Campaign for Democracy
The Campaign for Democracy engages supporters of democracy worldwide and builds a powerful intellectual movement for the cause of democracy through online presence, media engagement, and moral support for dissidents. The program includes a Transatlantic Commission that works to prevent election interference.
Why fight for democracy?
Since the end of World War II, the United States and its allies in Europe and Asia have established an international order dominated by democracy and market-based economies. This order has proven highly successful - facilitating unprecedented levels of prosperity, security, and freedom for hundreds of millions of people around the world.
Yet the world’s democracies and the very ideal of democracy have come under increasing pressure in recent years. Domestically, the world’s democracies are marred by self-doubt, internal divisions, and a stifling political correctness.
Internationally, the democratic world is under threat from rising autocracies and terrorist organizations, rolling back the global expansion of democracy that took place after the fall of communism.
Established democracies are challenged by slow economic growth and mass migration.
The need for creative solutions and new vitality is clear and urgent, yet most of the leading democracies in the world are deeply split over how we move forward.
The Alliance of Democracies Foundation seeks to meet the urgent need for strengthening the spines of the world’s democracies. The overarching purpose is to revitalize the world’s democracies and to bring them together in an unshakeable and undefeatable alliance for peace, prosperity, and the advancement of democracy around the world.
Our logo has been created on the basis of circles, which are used as symbols of alliances. The hexagon is formed when circles are gathered and occur naturally and often in nature, just as we believe that democracy should occur naturally in the world. Visually, the hexagon expresses strength, solidity and action - the core of the conditions for democracy. Democracy is maintained and developed in alliances and is expressed as life among people - the round outer of the logo.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why were you formed?
The Economist Intelligence Unit shows that just 4.5 percent of the planet lives in a full democracy. Meanwhile, Autocrats and dictators have been in the ascendancy, spurred on by a retreat in global American leadership in recent years. The premise of the Alliance of Democracies is to strengthen the spine of the world’s democracies, to encourage greater cooperation between nations who share common values, to counter spoilers and support those who wish to bring more democracy to their countries. As the world enters a period of technological revolution and disruption, we need to find new ways to being democratic processes into this world, and ensure tech is being used for benign purposes.
What is the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity?
A group of leaders in politics, tech, media and business have united across the Atlantic and transcending party lines to help prevent the next wave of foreign election interference. Their mandate is time-limited until the 2020 US Presidential Election, and the group aims to raise awareness of the challenge, and work with policymakers to encourage transatlantic cooperation and policy solutions. The group is ‘tech-neutral’ meaning they see technology as both part of the problem and the solution, and are working with various tech companies to develop tools that track disinformation, and to tackle the risk of ‘deep fake’ videos being used for political disinformation in the future. The group has also identified candidates and political parties themselves as the ‘first line’ of defence against election meddling, and has launched a 5-point ‘Pledge for Election Integrity’ for candidates to sign, committing not to assist foreign meddlers.
How are you funded?
The AoD is a non-profit organisation funded by private sponsors and individuals. In addition, certain projects run under the Foundation’s umbrella are funded by several democratic governments, including the Government of Canada. In addition, the AoD is also supported by ‘in kind’ donations.
Donors in 2018 include:
Microsoft, Victor Pinchuk Foundation, Codewise, Facebook, The Danish Research Foundation, Dalia, Rasmussen Global, BMW, ASI Data Science, Schranner Negotiation Institute, International Republican Institute, National Democratic Institute, +Rasmussen, IraqHaven, Atlantic Council, NOWA North Water.
How do you spend your money?
The Alliance’s funds are spent on a small Secretariat that delivers the workstreams, and organises the Copenhagen Democracy Summit. In addition, the AoD organises smaller events under its banner across Europe and North America. The first pilot project for the Expeditionary Economics has been launched in Iraq, and the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity supports several projects, including a ‘deep fake’ project, and a Ukraine Task Force dedicated to exposing foreign meddling in Ukraine’s Presidential and Parliamentary Elections.
I’d like to support the Alliance of Democracies. How can I get involved?
There are a number of ways to support us, from sharing social media content to making a small donation to the AoD’s work. If you would like to attend the Copenhagen Democracy Summit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and join our mailing list to receive our regular update mail ‘Democracy Defender’. Most importantly, the greatest contribution we can all make is to speak up for democracy!
Our supporters play an indispensable part in enabling the Foundation to fulfill its mission. We would like to thank each of them for their contribution to our important work.