We bring together the expertise of specialists from various sectors of democracy support (parliaments, parties, elections, human rights, media, executive leadership, ICT etc.) on joint programmes in which we apply our in-house methods for creating political dialogue and behavioural changes. EPD and its members’ programmes focus on Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe and Africa. EPD is currently implementing the following projects, get in touch with us for more information.
African Union Civic Tech Fund
The African Union Civic Tech Fund aims to foster and support initiatives that seek to strengthen citizen engagement through innovative tools and digital technologies in African Union Member States. Its mission is to demonstrate effective models in citizen participation, support scale-up of initiatives, and influence policy in support of replicable and/or scalable civic tech initiatives and citizen-led transformative action across the African continent. The Fund will focus on the provision of small grants to non-governmental organisations providing services in civic space and initiatives led by small and medium businesses with a deep civic participation objective.
Implementing the European Democracy Action Plan
Building on the Virtual Insanity project focused on online political advertisement transparency, this new civitates-funded project will support the implementation of the European Democracy Action Plan (EDAP). With its list of commitments on online political advertising, disinformation, platform governance, online hate speech, and the Conference on the Future of Europe, the EDAP provides a number of opportunities for democracy-centric progress on digital policy. We will advance this through capacity building for non-specialised civil society, participatory policy analysis with CSOs in EU Member States, policy research and targeted advocacy on these policy issues. We will do so in close cooperation with our member Democracy Reporting International. For more information, visit the project website.
Information and Integrity (Morocco)
Information and Integrity aims at strengthening the role of civil society in promoting transparency in Morocco. By providing digital tools and creating spaces for dialogue, this project will support civil society organisations in advocating, monitoring and evaluating transparency and anti-corruption policies in cooperation with public authorities and independent institutions. In addition, it will seek to raise awareness among citizens of the benefits they can gain from more effective implementation of transparency policies. The main activities include monitoring and evaluating public policy, creating civic tech solutions, facilitating dialogue and cooperation, and awareness-raising. For more information, visit the project website.
The Charter Project Africa
The Charter Project Africa is a pan-African initiative that aims to strengthen systems of democratic governance in African Union member states, supported by the African Governance Architecture (AGA) and enshrined in the African Charter on Democracy, Elections, and Governance (ACDEG). At the core of this project is a focus on providing multi-level support to civic initiatives that advance digital means for enhanced collaboration between citizens and AU policymakers, empowering civil society and facilitating the monitoring and implementation of the ACDEG. Activities will include creating a digital resource hub, launching Democratic Governance Initiatives (DGIs), and conducting context analysis and policy research on the AU governance infrastructures and continental, regional, and national drivers of cooperation. For more information, see the project brief.
Djuntu pa igualdadi! A participatory response to gender-based violence (Cape Verde)
This project aims to contribute to a favourable legal, institutional and social environment in Cape Verde, in which public authorities respect and promote women’s rights, particularly those of GBV victims, in order to increase their participation in public life and ensure their socio-economic inclusion. This project is implemented by a Consortium of four organisations: EPD, the Associação Caboverdiana de Luta Contra Violência Baseada no Género (ACLCVBG), the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) and the World Leadership Alliance –Club de Madrid (WLA-CdM) and it is funded by the European Union. For more information, visit the project website.
Media Dialogue (Kyrgyzstan)
The Media Dialogue project aims to strengthen the national media environment and engage media representatives alongside public decision makers and civil society in a dialogue about the challenges affecting the media sector and facilitate a joint agenda for reforming the existing media policy and legal framework. Promoting policy change through multi-stakeholder dialogue, enhancing media professionalisation and strengthening the media’s economic independence are the three main components of the project. Activities include training workshops, study tours, multi-stakeholder dialogue meetings, studies and reports, technical assistance, sub-grants and monitoring of media legal reforms. See the project summary and project website for more information.
Med Dialogue for Rights and Equality
The programme’s goal is to strengthen the role of CSOs active at the regional scale, in building sustainable development, regional cohesion and resilience, as well as in influencing policy-making in the Southern Neighborhood and the Euro-Mediterranean Space. The strategy aims at addressing the needs of the civil society in the Neighborhood South as an agent for change from a regional perspective, where Mediterranean exchanges both South-South and North-South are enhanced; and the shrinking of civil society spaces in the region is challenged. It aims as well at strengthening civil society and young female and male activists in their capacity to strategize, cooperate together advocate for rights and social cohesion, and sustainable development. For more information, visit the project website.
Nuestros derechos en la Agenda 2030 (Paraguay)
Within the project “Nuestros derechos en la Agenda 2030: Participación ciudadana intercultural para la equidad de género en la niñez y adolescencia de Paraguay” (“Our rights in the 2030 Agenda: Intercultural citizen participation for gender equality in children and adolescents in Paraguay”), CDIA and the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) help to facilitate political dialogue in policy-making addressing social rights of children with an emphasise on gender inclusion and sustainable development. For more information, visit the project website.
Media and Freedom of Expression in the Framework of EU Democracy Support
This project aims to ensure that issues of freedom of expression, right to information and free media are incorporated in the EU Democracy Action Plans and the Human Rights and Democracy Country Strategies and are implemented as part of EU democracy support. The main thematic focus of the technical assistance project will be access to information, online media and new technologies, the responses to changing media landscape, and public service media. EU Delegations and EU Member State missions’ staff, alongside broadly defined media actors in cooperation countries will be the two main target groups. See the project website for more information.