THE STATE AUDIT OFFICE OF GEORGIA
The SAOG represents the modern, independent and successful audit institution with the highest professional standards, the interference in the activity of which is prohibited by the law. With its work SAOG supports the parliament in overseeing the activities of the government and significantly contributes to the Parliamentary oversight over the government. On December 30, 2011, legislative amendments in the Georgia’s organic law “On Political Unions of Citizens” came into force. According to the law, monitoring implementation on legality and transparency of the political parties registered in Georgia was entrusted to the State Audit Office of Georgia.
THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE
The Council of Europe is the continent’s leading human rights organization. It comprises 47 member states, 28 of which are members of the European Union. All Council of Europe member states have signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights, a treaty designed to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The European Court of Human Rights oversees the implementation of the Convention in the member states.
THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR DEMOCRACY AND ELECTORAL ASSISTANCE
Over the past fifteen years, International IDEA has provided direct technical assistance to a range of actors working on political finance and has worked in countries as diverse as Bhutan, Ecuador, Kenya, Mongolia, Myanmar, Sweden and Peru. International IDEA produces knowledge resources on political finance legislative frameworks and their practical implementation, which guide both researchers and reformers around the world. The Political Finance Database, for example, offers the most up-to-date and comprehensive information on political finance regulations from 180 countries. Last year International IDEA and published a new handbook on political finance: Funding of Political Parties and Election Campaigns, while its study on Political Party Finance Regulation after the Arab Spring provides rich regional overviews on how such regulation works in practice at national level.
OSCE OFFICE FOR DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS AND HUMAN RIGHTS
OSCE-ODIHR is one of the world’s principal regional human rights bodies. Based in Warsaw, Poland, ODIHR is active throughout Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and North America. The office promotes democratic elections, respect for human rights, tolerance and non-discrimination, and the rule of law. Established in 1991, ODIHR employs nearly 150 staff from 30 countries. The office’s activities are funded through a core budget, which is approved annually by participating states, as well as through voluntary contributions.
INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR ELECTORAL SYSTEMS
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) supports citizens’ rights to participate in free and fair elections. Its independent expertise strengthens electoral systems and builds local capacity to deliver sustainable solutions. As the global leader in democracy promotion, IFES advance good governance and democratic rights by: Providing technical assistance to election officials; empowering the underrepresented to participate in the political process; Applying field-based research to improve the electoral cycle. Since 1987, IFES has worked in over 145 countries – from developing democracies, to mature democracies.
THE NETHERLANDS INSTITUTE FOR MULTIPARTY DEMOCRACY
The Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) is a democracy assistance organization that promotes the deepening of democracy through interparty dialogue and capacity strengthening of political parties. Based in the Netherlands, NIMD works with over 200 political parties in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and South Caucasus. Together with the political parties and the local implementing partners, NIMD contribute to inclusive and stable political systems in these countries. Furthermore, NIMD assist political parties to become more responsive and policy-focused. Special attention is paid to empowering members of marginalized groups. To foster the democratic culture in a country, NIMD also provides political education programs for (aspiring) politicians. These programs focus on democratic values, knowledge and skills.