Here is an exciting opportunity to turn your democracy-related ideas into reality! Apply for the CD-UNITED co-financing mechanism.
For you – a government representative, civil society organization or an institution – who has always had the urge to promote democratic values, possibly already elaborated a brilliant idea for a project related to democracy or civil society, but couldn’t find the proper funding for it, we come with the perfect solution: CD-UNITED, a new program by the Permanent Secretariat of the Community of Democracies.
What is the program?
CD-UNITED (Using New Investments To Empower Democracies) is one among many projects coordinated by the Community of Democracies in its vision of promoting action-oriented cooperation to support democracy. Parties that have elaborated an idea for a project to support democracy can apply for co-funding for their initiatives, which will be then implemented or sub-granted by the Community of Democracies, with a 1:1 cost share between the donors.
What kinds of projects are expected?
Proposals for projects can support one of the Community’s Working Groups or initiatives- the LEND Network, Democracy Partnership, and many others. Examples of qualifying projects include enhancing civil society participation in events of the Community, facilitating access to educational material on democratization through the Community’s Working Group on Education for Democracy, supporting the LEND Network through face-to-face meetings, and more.
What projects have been implemented so far?
Projects under the CD UNITED have been finalized and are ready to be implemented in line with the Community’s vision to strengthen and support democratic principles. The selected projects are the following:
The Council for a Community of Democracies (CCD) worked in partnership with Civil Society stakeholders to develop strategies on National Democracy Education Action Plans in Kosovo and Mongolia. The project was finalized and conducted in November 2014. Read here full reports on the workshops in Kosovo and Mongolia.
The Center for Training and Promotion of Democracy (CECADE) will hold a coordination training to strengthen capacity of civil society organizations across 11 countries: Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, the United States and Uruguay.
The Association Resource Centre for Women (MARTA) realized the importance and need for a participatory approach to address social problems and it will organize seminars, study tours and round table discussions for civil society organizations in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
The Centre for Citizens’ Alliance (CCA) focuses on developing and strengthening the democratic frameworks in Asia by supporting civil society activities in China, Japan, Korea and Mongolia. The first phase of this project will commence with an international conference in Ulaanbaatar on 4th and 5th, October 2014.
A project organizing campaigns and public lectures on best practices for civil society in Belarus.
Estonia, Slovakia and Memo98 have already implemented their project on pre-elections trainings for civil society and media, which took place in Tunis in September 2014.
Trainings of Pro-Democratic lawyers to develop a blueprint for Constitutional reforms in Cuba.
How do I propose a project?
For more details, contact the Head of Programs at the Community of Democracies, Mr. Francesco Lembo.