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.
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, visit the project website.
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.
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.
Exploring Worldwide Democratic Innovations
This project is funded by Robert Bosch Stiftung and implemented together with Carnegie Europe as part of the European Democracy Hub. The project explores emerging innovations in democratic participation around the world, in countries outside the West. In recent years much attention has been given to the spread of innovative forms of deliberative and participatory democracy in Western countries, however, this has left insufficient room to explore interesting and promising new experiences in participatory and deliberative democracy outside the West. The European Democracy Hub will correct this imbalance with an initiative aimed at assessing democratic innovations in countries outside the West. Drawing on 12 case studies of democratic innovations from around the world, we will put forward a series of publications, participatory workshops and policy recommendations for reinvigorating Western democracies. For more information, visit the the Hub website page.
M.O.R.D.O.R. is an Erasmus+ project, co-funded by the European Union, focusing on improving general education on authoritarianism and preparing recommendations for EU foreign policy stakeholders regarding democracy support. This project has two main goals. First, it aims to improve and strengthen the study and education of dictatorships worldwide by creating an encyclopedia and other didactic materials. Second, it plans to make recommendations for EU foreign policy, concerning its democracy support strategies, capabilities and vision. We also develop smaller reports, infographics and analysis on EU democracy promotion activities. It is this second part that EPD is most involved in, given our long-standing experience with democracy support policy and programmes. For more information, visit the project website.
EU4Accountability - Empowered Civil Society for Increased Social Accountability in Moldova
EU4Accountability empowers Moldovan civil society organisations’ (CSOs) to better perform their role as actors of governance to improve social accountability of the local and central government of Moldova. It does so by strengthening the capacity of more than grassroot organisations from 10 districts to participate in, monitor and advocate for greater public accountability and to take part in policy dialogue with the Local Public Authorities (LPAs) and the central government. A learning-by-doing approach will allow the capacitated CSOs to establish meaningful local partnerships and alliances with LPAs that will result in change-making coalitions to close the accountability gap and respond to the needs of communities. For more information, visit the project webpage.
Promoción de la participación ciudadana a nivel nacional y local en el ciclo de las Políticas Públicas de Protección Social para la cohesión en Paraguay
This project aims at supporting the progressive implementation of the Social Protection System (SPS) through the exercise of rights, democratic participation and citizen demand for the reduction of inequalities and the improvement of social cohesion in Paraguay. It will focus on citizen participation and community empowerment for the implementation and monitoring of associated public policies to the SPS with an emphasis on children, adolescents, youth and women, at the national and local levels in Paraguay. Public authorities from 12 districts and 6 departments are involved in the activities, together with citizens, youth and women organisations, media and the private sector at different levels to strengthen the policy and improve its sustainability.
Women and Youth in democracy (WYDE)
The Youth Participation in Public Affairs programme of the EU’s Women and Youth in Democracy Initiative (WYDE) aims to improve the enfranchisement, empowerment, and inclusion of youth in all levels of democratic participation at the national, regional and global scales. WYDE Youth’s three-pronged approach is informed by the need for youth engagement and inclusion not only at national level, but beyond and above it. With half of the world’s population being under 30, the continued survival of democracy is highly dependent on buy-in and support among its youth. For more information, visit the project webpage.
Supporting Engagement in European Elections and Democratic Societies (SEEEDS)
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Supporting Team Europe Democracy - Strengthening democracy evidence and communication around the Summit for Democracy
This project is supported by the European Commission. It aims to contribute to more effective evidence-based and coordinated support for democracy in view of the Commission’s Team Europe Democracy initiative. EPD participates in the project as part of the European Democracy Hub, together with Carnegie Europe, in a consortium with International IDEA (lead) and Reporters without Borders. International IDEA and Reporters without Borders will both update their monitors on the state of democracy and press freedom globally, and International IDEA will support the Democracy Summit by monitoring progress on the commitments and hosting dialogues on the commitments. The European Democracy Hub will contribute with the i) production of relevant reports and studies with actionable policy recommendations, ii) provision of in-depth analysis of democracy support funding at the EU and member states level, and iii) establishing a structured network for sharing expertise and experiences on the topic. This will fund the research for the Annual Review of European Democracy Support for 2023, the data collection and analysis that will be conducted for this, and a series of shorter analytical pieces on the Hub website.