UN Democracy Fund


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    UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF)

    • About:
      • UNDEF was created by UN Secretary-General Kofi A. Annan in 2005 as a United Nations General Trust Fund to support democratization efforts around the world.
      • It was welcomed by the General Assembly in the Outcome Document of the 2005 World Summit.
      • UNDEF subsists entirely on voluntary contributions from Governments.
    • Functions:
      • UNDEF funds projects that empower civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes. 
      • The large majority of UNDEF funds go to local civil society organizations. 
    • Composition:
      • The Advisory Board, constituted by the Secretary General, includes eight largest Member State contributors and six other states to reflect diverse geographical representation.
      • India has been a member of the Board since the beginning.
    • Providing Grants:
      • Ranging from US$100,000 to US$300,000 support initiatives in the areas of: 
        • Support for Electoral Processes
        •  Women’s Empowerment
        • Media and Freedom of Information
        • Rule of Law and Human Rights
        • Strengthening Civil Society Interaction with Government
        • Youth Engagement

    India’s Contribution to the Fund

    • India and the US were instrumental in the establishment of the UN Democracy Fund in 2005, with India contributing $5 million to the fund in its early years. However, India’s funding for the UNDEF has dwindled since 2012. 

    Source: IE