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Story of Silba

Silba was founded in 1994 as a liberal NGO by MP Bertel Haarder and Ole Michael Rasmussen, two Danish politicians from 'Venstre'. The original idea was a Support Initiative for Liberals in the Baltic Area, hence Silba. The organization aimed to support the then new democracies in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the aftermath of their independence from the Soviet Union.  

Later the name was changed to Silba - Initiative for Dialogue and Democracy, and the areas of focus amplified from the Baltic countries to all Eastern Europe, and most recently, beyond the European borders.
Silba works with international partners who share the same tenets, Silba Netherlands and EDDA in Norway.

Today, we are a cross-political champion of dialogue and democracy,

and a cross-cultural community with local roots and global outreach. Our international work is twofold:

(1) Short-term election observation missions. (2) Long-term development projects.


Silba strives to promote democratic commitment, constructive dialogue, and civil liberties

on a local, national, and international level - in cooperation with likeminded partner organizations.

During the last 20 years, Silba has conducted more than 50 Election Observations Missions in 20 countries.

During the past year, we have initiated three new development projects around the world.

Silba Alumni

Bertel Haarder

Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Ole Michael Rasmussen

Jakob Knudsen

Louise Shack Elholm

Jens-Kristian Lütken

Louise Berg Ebbsen

Maria Ruxandra Lupo Dinesen

Ane Dalegaard Hansen

Maria Kursch

Photo by Cristina Gottardi on Unsplash