Emerging Democracy Support

In order to protect and widen the space for democracy, we give succor to those who are working in young democracies to promote fundamental principles like gender equality, rule of law and press freedom. Transition is a long and complicated process, unique for each state. Nonetheless, there are basic lessons that can be applied regardless of the circumstances found in any individual country.

By helping countries that have recently embarked on the democratic journey, the Community contributes to the protection of the values and principles of the Warsaw Declaration. The Community’s projects targeting transitioning states focused on strengthening just and accountable institutions, instilling rule of law and protecting civic space in an effort to build strong, mature democracies.

Through the CD-UNITED initiative, the CoD provided support to a number of projects, selected from externally submitted proposals. Development of a democracy education plan for Kosovo and Mongolia or pre-election trainings in Tunisia are just two examples of activities implemented through the CD-UNITED mechanism.

The LEND Network program provided sustainable support to young democracies by investing in future generations of leaders. Over 100 professionals from Moldova and Tunisia benefited from ample opportunities for networking, knowledge-sharing and learning from those, who have successfully navigated transition in the past.

Under the scope of the Decentralization initiative, several regional workshops were carried out in various parts of Ukraine. Recommendations on the process assembled during the workshops made a direct impact on key Ukrainian decision-makers.

As part of the Myanmar Constitutional Democracy Project, the Community contributed to capacity building workshops, which gathered participants representing government representatives, parliamentarians and civil society groups, and aimed to support the culture of constitutionalism and rule of law at the critical time in Myanmar’s history.