Democratic institutions and accountable governments are the foundations on which open, stable and prosperous societies thrive. Why does it matter and what does it mean for you?
The UK believes that democratic institutions and accountable governments are the foundations on which open, stable, and prosperous societies thrive.
Democracy, human rights, and the rule of law contribute to long-term security and prosperity. Advocating respect for these values is in the UK’s national interest. There is a strong correlation between societies that are secure and prosperous and those that enjoy participative democracy.
We support democracy worldwide because we believe it is the system of government that best allows for individual freedom and is the fairest way to govern human societies and states.
Democracy rests on foundations that have to be built over time: strong institutions, responsible and accountable government, a free press, the rule of law and equal rights for all people.
The way we act to support democracy in each country will be different depending on the context and needs of the country concerned. Our approach is practical, recognising where we can, and even where we cannot, have an impact.
We support a wide range of democracy-building initiatives, including funding NGOs that increase citizen participation, promoting inclusion of marginalised groups, providing training for legal professionals, promoting freedom of expression and strengthening political parties and parliaments.
The UK recognises that the current global environment is challenging and that evidence suggests that globally the pace of democratisation has slowed. Read full statement here.