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.
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 website for more information.
REACH for Democracy - Regional Engagement to Advance the Creation of Hubs for Democracy
This EU funded project aims to enhance pluralism and inclusiveness in political party systems by targeting high-potential young leaders and female politicians in six EU partner countries (Benin, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Morocco, and Tunisia) and turning them into drivers of change within their own organisations. ln parallel, existing multi-party platforms in Georgia and Tunisia will be consolidated by projecting their experience to other countries and facilitate South-South cooperation. By sharing experiences between countries and developing solutions to joint challenges, REACH for Democracy will create a multi-country and multi-level network of young multi-party advocates.
EU Support to Jordanian Democratic Institutions & Development
The EU-JDID project was drafted to comply with the EU’s priorities and methodology for democracy and electoral support, and is based on the European Response to Electoral Cycle Support Strategy (EURECS) designed by the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) consortium which is led by the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES). The overall objective of the project is to support Jordan’s reform process towards consolidation of deep democracy and promote inclusiveness of national policy and decision-making processes, including women and youth, leading to a stronger democratic and tolerant political culture. For more information please see the EU-JDID Factsheet and check out the project website.
Europe needs new safeguards to guarantee transparency in digital political advertising that allow regulators to oversee who is funding what online. The self-regulatory Code of Practice that the European Commission adopted with tech companies is an important first step. Yet, the Code does not foresee clear enforcement or sanction mechanisms. This project aims to strengthen European level policy so as to guarantee transparency in digital political advertising.
The Virtual Insanity project aims at strengthening European level policy that guarantees transparency in digital political advertising. This will be done through research and multi- stakeholder policy dialogue at the national and European level, followed by coalition-based monitoring and advocacy efforts towards an EU-level policy on digital political advertising transparency.
Read the report here.
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.
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 Platform for Democracy (EPD) helps to facilitate political dialogue in policy-making addressing social rights of children with an emphasize on gender inclusion and sustainable development.
Djuntupa 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.
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.