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After 12 years of civil war in Burundi, the challenge is to keep addressing the divisive factors that drove the country's brutal armed conflict, while finding ways to nurture the country's fragile democracy. An UNDEF funded initiative trains women to take up leadership positions, and thus improve governance in the country as a whole.  The project, implemented by Search for Common Ground, just launched a new radio series specifically for and about women leaders in the public and private sector. more >>
Reflecting the crucial and historic era for democratization efforts worldwide, the list of countries contributing to UNDEF grew to 40 in February 2011, with Argentina becoming the latest donor to the Fund. UNDEF depends entirely on voluntary contributions from Member States and is supported by a range of countries of varying size and income level, led by co-founders the United States and India, who remain the two biggest donors. The list includes several non-traditional donors -- four in Africa, five in Latin America and six in Asia. more >>
Somalia is one of the world’s most challenging environments in which NGOs can operate. A new project funded by UNDEF in Somaliland works to raise women’s awareness of their rights and how to exercise them. Implemented by the local Women’s Integrated Network, the initiative develops the capacity of a core group of young professional women to train, support and assist women working in markets and shepherding. It works through consultation sessions such as this one at Hargeisa market.   more >>
Ensuring women's participation will be key to building a democratic and well-governed Egypt. Although women were granted full political rights more than 50 years ago, they have yet to achieve equal access to decision-making positions and participatory democracy. An UNDEF-backed initiative aims to strengthen women's participation, including in the coming elections. more >>
Welcome to the latest issue of UNDEF Update, the newsletter of the United Nations Democracy Fund. This electronic quarterly provides a user-friendly snapshot of what we do, how we work and why. To view the latest issue, please click here.  For a text-only version (recommended for dial-up connections), please click here. more >>
The political participation of women will be critical in building the way forward in Tunisia after the historic events of early 2011. An UNDEF-funded project uses communication campaigns to promote a positive image of leadership by women from diverse backgrounds, improve awareness of women's rights, and advance gender equality. Implemented by the Tunis-based independent regional Centre of Arab Women Training and Research, the initiative also covers Tunisia's neighbours Algeria and Morocco. more >>
An UNDEF-funded project has launched a guide to developing accurate voter lists in transitional democracies. The handbook is based on a comparative analysis of transitional countries in Europe, including Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, and Moldova. It covers the full range of voter registration, from general requirements and legal frameworks to administrative and technical aspects, best practices and practical recommendations. more >>
An UNDEF-funded initiative continues to operate in the northern Guatemala province of Alta Verapaz, even after the government declared a state of siege there in December 2010 in response to massive drug-related violence. The project works to offer alternatives to young people in the face of growing domination by drug gangs in the province. The initiative, implemented by the Asociación de Amigos del Desarrollo y la Paz, trains young people in community leadership, management skills, rule of law, local governance, and effective dialogue. more >>
An UNDEF-funded initiative has developed a widely sought after Arabic-language legal search engine on human rights and humanitarian law. The engine, www.qanouni.org, makes it possible for even those without legal training to gain easy and systematic access to human rights instruments by searching by theme, date or country. It includes more than 250 multilateral conventions and over 170 thematic keywords. more >>
Welcome to the latest issue of UNDEF Update, the newsletter of the United Nations Democracy Fund. This electronic quarterly provides a user-friendly snapshot of what we do, how we work and why. To view the latest issue, please click here.  For a text-only version (recommended for dial-up connections), please click here. more >>

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