The Centre for Democratic Institutions (CDI) is a leading centre for policy analysis and engagement on democratic governance in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Situated in the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program (SSGM) in the Australian National University’s College of Asia and the Pacific, our mandate is to support democratic processes in the region through engagement with current policy debates regarding democracy and political governance, and to facilitate partnerships between Australia and our close neighbours through knowledge and skills sharing.
We are committed to supporting functioning electoral processes and parliamentary systems through collaboration with democratic institutions in Australia and the region. CDI harnesses Australian and international expertise in democratic practice, governance and institutional development to promote, and contribute to, the transfer of knowledge between democratic practitioners. We conduct tailored training courses and support a program of capacity-building activities for political practitioners and institutions.
CDI is interested in how democratic change influences broader processes of political and economic development, and participation in political processes, particularly that of women. CDI’s relationship with SSGM allows it to draw on current research to inform its own analysis and to enhance the effectiveness of its programming and policy engagement.
This website presents current CDI activities. To learn more about our past activities please visit our website archive.