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United Nations Democracy Fund(UNDEF)

May 04, 2006

  • The recently set up United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) has announced its online call for the first round of UNDEF grants and has initiated the process of inviting project proposals. For project guidelines and details of the online application process, the websites http://www.un.org/democracyfund or http://www.undemocracyfund.org/submit.html may be visited. The last date for making project applications is 15 May 2006.
  • The funding priorities for projects would include strengthening democratic dialogue and support for constitutional processes; civil society empowerment; civic education; voter registration and strengthening of political parties; citizen's access to information; human rights and fundamental freedoms; and accountability, transparency and integrity. Eligible beneficiaries would include government agencies; independent and constitutional bodies; civil society organizations and non-government organizations; global and regional inter-government bodies, organizations and associations; and the UN, including its relevant departments, specialized agencies, funds and programmes working in this field.
  • As the world's largest democracy, India has a large number of institutions, civil society organizations, NGOs and other bodies with considerable expertise in various areas related to the UN Democracy Fund, especially institution building, capacity building, awareness creation and leadership development.
  • Given India's deep rooted commitment to the principles and values of democracy, the Government of India hopes that institutions, civil society organizations and other agencies with relevant capabilities will send meaningful project proposals in large numbers for consideration by the UNDEF.
  • It may be recalled that India was one of the first countries to support the creation of the UN Democracy Fund. The Hon'ble Prime Minister of India had participated in a ceremony to launch the Fund held in New York on 14 September, 2005 during the World Summit 2005. Out of a total amount of nearly $49 million pledged to the UNDEF, India has made a contribution of $10 million and is represented on the Fund's Advisory Board by its Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.
New Delhi
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