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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 >>
President Obama made special mention of the UN Democracy Fund in his address to the General Assembly on 23 September, saying "it’s time for every Member State... to increase the UN Democracy Fund". He spoke of democracy as the form of government that delivers most for citizens, and spoke of civil society -- the focus of UNDEF's work -- as the shapers of human progress and the conscience of communities."To put it simply: democracy, more than any other form of government, delivers for our citizens. more >>
UNDEF Executive Head Roland Rich met on 21 September with María Otero, United States Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs and Michael Posner, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. In the course of the meeting, Under Secretary Otero expressed the strong and continuing support of the US Administration for the UN Democracy Fund. She noted that the Fund had achieved considerable results in the five short years since it was created. more >>

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