The Summit for Democracy

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This Pride Month photo was taken on May 17, 2018, by the Equality Movement, a Georgian civil society organization partnering with USAID to advance equal human rights protections for all Georgians. Photo credit: Mikheil Meparishvili, Equality Movement.


On December 9-10, 2021, President Biden will host the first of two Summits for Democracy, which will bring together leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector to set forth an affirmative agenda for democratic renewal and to tackle the greatest threats faced by democracies today through collective action.

The Summit presents an opportunity to discuss how to strengthen democracy in times of peril and to show how democracy still works and can improve people’s lives in tangible ways. It aims to show how open, rights-respecting societies can work together to effectively tackle the challenges of our time, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, and inequality.

The Summit will solicit innovative and bold commitments centered around three principal themes:

  • Defending against authoritarianism
  • Addressing and fighting corruption
  • Advancing respect for human rights

USAID will participate in the Summit for Democracy and highlight our work that strengthens democracy and supports democratic ambitions. USAID plans to announce a bold suite of new programming at the Summit to strengthen democracy work and expose, track, and disrupt transnational corruption and mitigate its impact on democratic governance and development progress by working at the local, national, regional, and global levels.

Watch the live stream:


The Summit for Democracy Livestream. December 9-10, 2021


All Hands on Deck: Innovating Together to Combat Transnational Corruption. December 7 at 10:00 a.m. EST

Last updated: December 10, 2021

November 30, 2021

I think the spirit of the Democracy Summit is that many countries now, including the United States, are dealing with these challenges at the same time. And we have a lot to learn from our engagements internationally as well. From how people keep their elections safe; what are the best tools to fight vaccine hesitancy? We haven't cracked the code on that; we've made some headway. The sources of vaccine hesitancy and the disinformation is different in every country I visit. I was just in Moldova where vaccination rates are quite low, and a lot of that, again has to do with what certain actors are putting on the internet, but also certain traditions that lead communities not to trust government.