What, Why and How

Next Generation Democracy is a two-year, multi-stakeholder process under the coordination of the Club de Madrid. The overall aim of NGD is to better enable democracy to meet the expectations and needs of all citizens and preserve their freedom and dignity while securing a sustainable future for generations to come.

NGD facilitates a discussion on the state and future of democracy in order to formulate both regional agendas and a global agenda, to reverse disquieting trends and advance democracy worldwide. The project progressively offers a comprehensive analysis of regional dynamics in democratic governance, a projection of relevant trends, and a compilation of transformative practices and transformative ideas to be discussed in a series of policy dialogues as well as through on-line exchanges. This will help generate collective responses, rather than fragmented and independent actions, and shape consensus around shared, forward-looking, action-oriented agendas.

Action Plan

NGD will analyze trends on the basis of a template establishing a common structure for the formulation of a series of regional reports. The template has been specifically formulated by the CdM, with the collaboration of the Bertelsmann Stiftung for this purpose. NGD reports offer a comprehensive synthesis of trends and projections in a particular region, thus providing an overview of the past and expected evolution of democracy in that region and facilitating a comparison of the state and future of democracy between different regions.

Operational Scheme

The NGD project aims to be a participatory and collaborative process and, as such will work within an operational scheme consisting of a Steering Committee, Executive Coordinators, Task Force and Regional Teams. These various groups will help ensure smooth communication and a clear but flexible distribution of responsibilities, while facilitating the engagement and input of a variety of NGD stakeholders worldwide.

The Steering Committee will be formed by CdM Members and NGD Strategic Partners such as international organizations and agencies, institutions and corporations and will provide the vision and guidance needed for the implementation of the project. The precise composition of the NGD Steering Committee will be announced in due course.