UN Democracy Fund: Funding Opportunity for Democracy Related Activities

UN Democracy Fund: Funding Opportunity for Democracy
Related Activities

The UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF) will accept proposals
from April 15, 2006 to May 15, 2006 for one or two-year
long projects that bring about measurable and tangible
improvements in democracy and human rights. Grants
range from $50,000 to $500,000. Proposals must
integrate gender issues and clearly demonstrate the
greater participation of women as one of the project's
fundamental objectives. Projects that incorporate
partnerships with UN agencies stand a greater chance of
being accepted.

The application form is simple, but must be submitted
via the internet. If your access to the internet is
limited seek out a UN agency as they are partners in
this initiative. Projects that are approved for funding
will be notified by August 1, 2006, when you will have
to submit a more detailed project description.

Submission guidelines: Once the application is
successfully submitted online, the system will generate
an electronic receipt, which must be saved for future
reference. The UNDEF Secretariat will contact the
applicant directly if more information is required.

Strong preference will be given to proposals for
countries and regions where the difficulties of
democracy are more critical and pervasive. Projects
that take place in a single country will be given
preference but must be accompanied by an endorsement
from the United Nations Resident Coordinator. Proposals
for more regional or global projects will also be
considered (only 20% of the funding available for these
initiatives).

Read more at: www.un.org/democracyfund

Access the online application and funding guidelines
at: http://www.undemocracyfund.org/submit.html

The following activities are eligible for funding:

· Strengthening democratic dialogue and support
for constitutional processes (interaction between the
people and the state, fostering national dialogue on
democracy, reconciliation between diverse groups,
democratic oversight of the military, and
constitutional development);

· Civil society empowerment (enabling stronger
engagement in democratic processes-referenda, voting
and engagement of civil society with the State);

· Civic education, voter registration and
strengthening of political parties (activities must be
neutral but can support CSO and party capacity to
develop broad-based and people-responsive platforms
that enhance popular engagement in democratic
processes);

· Citizen's access to information (improved
quality and dissemination of information on government
decisions and spending patterns, legal reform to
strengthen the right to information);

· Human rights and fundamental freedoms (human
rights education and access to justice by marginalized
groups);

· Accountability, transparency and integrity
(reform of accountability systems, strengthening public
agencies in charge of expenditure and income oversight,
parliamentary scrutiny of executive branch of
government, support to watchdog groups, and the media,
increasing transparency in public and private financial
management).

E-mail questions and clarifications to
democracyfund@un.org