16 May 2022 09:00 - 10:00

Can the Summit for Democracy Support Open Governance?

Virtual Event | Organised by Accountability Lab, International IDEA | Held in United States (EST) in English
Defending against authoritarianism

The US Government is currently leading a Year of Action (YoA) through the Summit for Democracy (S4D) process- which has important overlaps and implications for the open governance agenda in participating countries and beyond. How can we ensure we are maximizing the opportunity this presents? Join Accountability Lab and International IDEA to hear from government representatives and civil society activists from around the world – including from Nepal, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Canada, and Norway – as to how they are using the S4D YoA to bolster democracy, build accountability and ensure open governance; and how the S4D process can adapt going forwards.

See more at OpenGovWeek

5 May 2022 - 6 May 2022 14:00 - 15:45

Whistling at the Fake – International Final Conference

Virtual Event | Organised by Manchester Metropolitian University | Held in London in English
Defending against authoritarianism

We are delighted to invite you to the Final International Conference (Online) of the project “Whistling at the Fake: The Crucial Role of Whistleblowers in Countering Disinformation” (, which is an international research project funded by the NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division. Please find attached the related program of the event, which will be held on Zoom (free registration) on the 5th and 6th of May 2022 from 2:10 pm onwards.

By exploring the means and mode of spread of mis/disinformation and disinformation, and how this affects individuals’ perceptions and decision-making ability, the project aims at increasing knowledge, awareness, and understanding amongst citizens on methods of identifying false information, and providing a set of practical suggestions individuals may be able to use when countering disinformation, propaganda, and other hostile information activities more broadly. Further, the project considers the role and effectiveness of whistleblowers and knowledgeable insiders as a means of exposing hostile information activities and increasing public resilience to acts of this nature.

During the event, not only our terrific panelists will illustrate and discuss cases of hostile and misleading information as well as the crucial role that reporting persons play in countering such phenomena, but we will also have the opportunity to listen to and learn from the reflections delivered from several amazing whistleblowers, who had the courage of fighting disinformation unveiling the truth including Dawn Wooten, Virginia Burkett, Babak Babakinejad, and Brittany Nicole Kaiser.

The event will take place on Zoom on the following dates:

DAY 1 – 5th of May 2022 from 2:15 pm British Summer Time:
Register for free at:

DAY 2 – 6th of May 2022 from 2:10 pm British Summer Time:
Register for free at:

Whistling at the Fake, is managed by The Manchester Metropolitan University in cooperation with Boston College Law School, the Università degli Studi di Padova, and Tilburg University.

We would be delighted if you would like to join what promises to be a great discussion!

25 April 2022 10:00 - 11:00

Summit for Democracy’s Year of Action: An Update from the Biden Administration

Virtual Event | Organised by Society for International Development - Washington | Held in Washington DC in English
Defending against authoritarianism

The Biden Administration has made supporting democracy and human rights a core element of its foreign policy agenda. Please join SID’-Washington’s Democracy, Rights, and Governance workgroup for a conversation with senior officials from the Department of State and USAID on how the administration plans to deliver on this commitment, including through the “year of action” following the recent Summit for Democracy.

Registration will close at 4:00 PM on Friday, April 22nd, 2022. Meeting details will be sent to all registered participants shortly thereafter.

This virtual event will take place from 10:00AM to 11:00AM ET on Monday, April 25th, 2022. After 9:30 AM ET on Monday, April 25, SID-W staff will be managing the event and may be unable to respond to last-minute registration requests.

8 April 2022 10:00 - 11:00

The Shifting Global Balance Of Autocracy And Democracy

Virtual Event | Organised by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace | Held in Washington DC in English
Defending against authoritarianism

According to the 2022 Varieties of Democracy annual report, in 2021 the world experienced the lowest levels of democracy the world has seen in thirty years. In fact, the world has not recorded so few democratizing countries since 1978—with only fifteen democratizing countries last year, just 3 percent of the world population. Moreover, autocratization continues to adapt and evolve, marked by the growing use of polarization as a political strategy, the continuing rise of misinformation, and the surge in military coups.

Join Carnegie and the Varieties of Democracy Institute (V-Dem) for a probing conversation of the troubling global landscape of democracy and autocracy featuring Staffan I. Lindberg and Thomas Carothers and moderated by Saskia Brechenmacher.

7 April 2022 12:00 - 02:30

Youth Leadership in Times of Democratic Crises

In Person Event | Organised by Accountability Lab | Held in Washington DC in English
Advancing respect for human rights

Join Accountability Lab, Generation Democracy, Youth Alliance, and the Summit For Democracy on a discussion and reception on youth leadership in times of democratic crises.

This event will be held both in person and online (vaccines mandatory for in person).

6 April 2022 - 8 April 2022 13:00 - 18:00

Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy

In Person Event | Organised by The Atlantic | Held in United States in English
Defending against authoritarianism

With democracies across the globe under assault,The University of Chicago’s nonpartisan Institute of Politics and The Atlantic are hosting Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy, a groundbreaking three-day event exploring the organized spread of disinformation and strategies to respond to it.

The conference, April 6 to 8, will explore the roots and scope of the problem, the next-generation threats posed by new technological advances, and the tools and policies required to neutralize them. Panels will also discuss the challenge presented when the term disinformation itself becomes fractious, and the tension between free expression and the need to combat wanton and willful disinformation aimed at eroding it.

5 April 2022 09:00 - 10:00

Post-Summit Reflections – Analysis of Written Country Commitments

Virtual Event | Organised by Global Democracy Coalition | Held in United States (EST) in English
Advancing respect for human rights

On 8–10 December 2021, the Government of the United States hosted the first of two Summits for Democracy. In the face of increasing challenges to democracy globally, they aimed to bring together leaders from government, civil society and the private sector to set out a global affirmative agenda for democratic renewal and provide a space for countries to make both individual and collective commitments to strengthen and protect democracy. Countries were asked to submit written commitments on strengthening democracy at home and abroad. By mid-March 2022, 55 countries had made their written commitments available on the United States State Department website.

This webinar is aimed as a reflection and discussion of the written Summit commitments submitted by countries to strengthen and protect democracy at home and abroad. The discussion will aim to: 1) provide an overview of the commitments made, identifying focus areas, domestic versus international commitments, clusters of countries that have made similar commitments, their level of specificity and type of commitments both overall and on specific focus areas (open government and LGBTQI rights); 2) identification of commitments gaps and alignment against democratic performance indicators; 3) identify possible next steps in commitment refinement, monitoring and implementation.

The discussion is aimed to inform commitment refinement and monitoring activities during the Year of Action.

4 April 2022 09:00 - 10:00

Twitter Chat: Will #S4D Commitments Lead to Action?

Virtual Event | Organised by Accountability Lab | Held in United States (EST) in English
Advancing respect for human rights

Accountability Lab ( and International IDEA ( are co-hosting a Twitter Chat to discuss how CSOs and citizens can ensure that their governments translate their Summit for Democracy commitments into action.

Date and time: Monday, 4 April, 9-10am EDT/3-4pm CEST

Title: #S4DDialogues – Will commitments lead to action?

Hashtags: #S4DDialogues #SummitforDemocracy

Co-Hosts: @AccountLab @EUO_IDEA

More information on the Twitter Chat will be shared in advance with pre-registered participants.

30 March 2022 10:00 - 11:15

Waking Up to Reputation Laundering as a Mechanism for Transnational Kleptocracy

Virtual Event | Organised by NED National Endowment for Democracy | Held in United States (EST) in English
Addressing and fighting corruption

Reputation laundering and transnational kleptocracy inflict a serious threat to democracy around the world. Yet the challenge of reputation laundering and transnational kleptocracy is not specific to Russia. How can we extend the lessons learned from the current crisis to develop a full-spectrum response to the challenge? How can democracies ensure this extraordinary momentum results in lasting reform and not partial or temporary solutions? Join us for a discussion with Matthew T. Page, Tena Prelec, Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, and Jodi Vittori for a conversation on how reputation laundering serves as a key mechanism of transnational kleptocracy.



29 March 2022 - 31 March 2022 13:00 - 18:00

Westminster Foundation for Democracy: Conference on Environmental Democracy

Virtual Event | Organised by Conference on Environmental Democracy | Held in United Kingdom in English
Defending against authoritarianism

The global environmental crisis and rising authoritarianism are two of the most pressing challenges we face.

Despite overwhelming evidence about the impact of humans on the environment, and unprecedented international consensus on the need for urgent action, the world has so far failed take adequate steps to avert this crisis.

At the same time, democracy itself is under threat. The recent US-led Summit for Democracy aimed to galvanise action across the democratic world in response to creeping authoritarianism.

In this context, democratic governments must lead societies towards accelerated technological and behavioural transformation that leaves no one behind. Failure to respond effectively to the climate and environmental crisis risks worsening the already falling public confidence in the ability of democratic governments to deliver for citizens.

Democratic governments need to ensure that democracy delivers worldwide, both for citizens today and for future generations.

This conference will explore how we can get to work.

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