Young people: The driving force for local democracy

September 15, 2014 marked the 7th International Day of Democracy. This years’ theme, Engaging Young People on Democracy, focuses on the challenges and opportunities young people face in engaging in democratic processes. The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, called young people to contribute to building stronger democratic societies. He stated “I call on members of the largest generation of youth…

Young Citizens in Actions

The Paniamor Foundation works to educate the people of Costa Rica about the rights of minors. Through a process of social mobilization, Paniamor strengthens the participation of youth to enable them to better contribute to national development. The foundation initiates various projects around the common themes of social development, political impact and the prevention of…

The Political Component of Participatory Democracy

We’re holding consultations around the world to create a scorecard to evaluate the State of Participatory Democracy. Over the next month we’ll outline each of the components of the scorecard— why it is important in a participatory democracy, why we are including it in the scorecard, and some of the feedback we’ve heard around the…

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year, NED makes more than 1,000 grants to support the projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries. NED fosters the growth of a wide…

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

The Center for  International Private Enterprise (CIPE)  was founded on the idea that economic freedom and political freedom are intertwined so that progress and development comes through a combination of political and economic liberalization. CIPE holds that democratic consolidation is not achieved through simply holding elections, establishing a free press, and recognizing human rights (although…

International Republican Institute (IRI)

For 30 years, the  IRI (International Republican Institute) has been helping to spread democracy through training sessions on political party and candidate development, democratic governance practices, civil society development, civic education, women and youth leadership development, electoral reform and election monitoring, and political expression in closed societies. From its earliest days, IRI has sought to build partnerships and…

UNDEF : the United nations democracy fund

Abstract: UNDEF was established in 2005 as a United Nations General Trust Fund to support democratization efforts around the world. UNDEF supports projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes. Author(s): UNDEF Source(s): , Published: 2013 United nations democracy fund (UNDEF), New…