Demo Finland is a joint organisation of all the Finnish parliamentary parties and in a unique position to bring them together to work for democracy. Its goal also in Finland is to enhance inclusive multi-party democracy. Demo Finland’s work in Finland focuses on strengthening the capacity of political parties on international democracy support. It also supports and facilitates multi-party dialogue in Finland.
Our work in Finland
Demo Finland is the leading Finnish expert on democracy support, and it offers a chance for Finnish political parties and politicians to use their personal expertise from politics and to gain practical experience in democracy support.
Demo Finland closely co-operates with the Parliament and its Committees, political party offices and political youth and women’s organisations. It organises seminars and training events related to democracy and development and produces publications. Political parties have a chance to take part in Demo Finland’s work in Finland for example by participating in these events or in the visits of international delegations. Demo Finland also does event co-operation with other stakeholders and participates in the party conventions of its member parties.
In addition to events, Demo Finland also organises Democracy Academies, targeted especially at political youth and student or women’s organisations. The Academies bring together representatives of different parties for dialogue and to deepen their understanding on democracy and current foreign policy issues.
In 2020–2021, Demo Finland organised training for a group of Finnish MPs on dialogue and mediation skills to create a pool of MPs that the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Embassies can call upon to support political dialogue in different contexts.
Advocacy for democracy support and building networks with influential stakeholders are one of the key elements of Demo Finland’s work. On European level, Demo Finland actively participates in the advocacy work and knowledge production of its umbrella organisation the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD), and through its board membership in the Global Partnership for Multiparty Democracy (GPMD) Demo Finland is also part of a global advocacy network. In Finland, Demo Finland is a member of the Finnish Development Policy Committee and of the National Commission on Sustainable Development, participates in the work of the networks that monitor the implementation of the UN Resolutions 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security, comments on statements and reports of ministries, political parties and other stakeholders and produces statements related to democracy support.