UNDEF was created by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2005 as a United Nations General Trust Fund to support democratization around the world. It was welcomed by the General Assembly in the Outcome Document of the 2005 World Summit (A/RES/60/1, paragraphs 136-137).
UNDEF funds projects that empower civil society, promote human rights and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes. Most UNDEF funds go to local civil society organizations. In this way, UNDEF plays a novel and unique role in complementing the UN’s other, more traditional work with governments to strengthen democratic governance around the world. UNDEF subsists entirely on voluntary contributions from governments; in 2021, it received almost 220 million US dollars in contributions and counts more than 45 countries as donors, including many middle- and low-income states in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In 15 Rounds of Funding so far, UNDEF has supported over 880 two-year projects in more than 130 countries.
Grants ranging from US$100,000 to US$300,000 support initiatives in the areas of:
– Community activism
– Support for electoral processes
– Women’s empowerment
– Media and freedom of Information
– Rule of Law and human rights
– Strengthening civil society interaction with government
– Tools for knowledge
– Youth engagement
UNDEF receives an average of 2,000 to 3,000 proposals a year and only some 50 are selected.
The United States has been profoundly committed to seeing Kosovo progress as a democratic, secure, multiethnic country on the path to greater Euro-Atlantic integration. The Embassy continuously works with the Government of Kosovo and members of civil society on a broad range of issues.
The embassy’s priorities stand at insuring improved rule of law and governance that meets citizens’ needs; ensuring Kosovo has sustainable, inclusive economic growth that supports its stability and integration with Europe; ensuring Kosovo contributes positively to regional stability, including by legally transforming its the security sector, countering violent extremism, promoting minority rights, and integrating into Euro-Atlantic structures.
GFMD, a not-for-profit, Belgian registered organisation, is an international network of around 200 journalism support and media development organisations working across more than 70 countries.
Established in 2005 in Amman, Jordan, and based in Brussels, GFMD’s core value is to support the creation and strengthening of journalism and free, independent, sustainable, and pluralistic news ecosystems. Its main focus is to ensure proper collaboration as well as an exchange of information and experience among its members with a view to creating a strong, independent, and pluralistic media environment, which contributes to the development of empowered societies.
UkraineWorld is an English-language multimedia project about Ukraine run by the NGO Internews Ukraine.
The team produces articles, podcasts, video explainers, reports, analysis, and books about Ukraine in English and other languages. UkraineWorld focuses on explaining Ukraine and its culture, covering the most important developments in and around the country, as well as counteracting anti-Western propaganda and disinformation.
Transitions (TOL) is a nonprofit organization established to strengthen the professionalism, independence and impact of the news media in the post-communist countries of Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Transitions does this through a combination of journalism and media training programs, and the publication of Transitions Online magazine.
TOL was established in April 1999, the month after the publication of the final issue of its print predecessor, Transitions magazine.
Notes from Poland was founded in 2014. It provides regular summaries of news from Poland, along with the insights, context and background necessary to make sense of what is happening in the country.
This grassroots social-media service rapidly grew into the leading independent source of English-language news about Poland.
The portal is published by the Notes from Poland Foundation – a registered NGO in Poland.
New Eastern Europe is a bimonthly news magazine dedicated to Central and Eastern European affairs.
The mission of New Eastern Europe is to shape the debate, enhance understanding, and further the dialogue surrounding issues facing the states that were once a part of the Soviet Union or under its influence. New Eastern Europe is not a scholarly journal, but takes a more journalistic approach with commentary/analysis from journalists, experts, analysts, writers, historians, as well as leaders and political figures from the East and the West.
Kafkadesk is focused on ultra-local news from Central Europe. It relies on a wide network of contributors and partners scattered all over Central Europe to keep the readers up-to-date with the most recent news and events.
Internews Ukraine is an organisation that has expertise in media, communications, education, and consulting.
Innovation, professionalism, and efficiency are three pillars of the organisation. Serving the Ukrainian society has been its priority since 1996.
Insight Hungary provides English language information about Hungary’s current social, political and economic environment.