The Advisory Board of the UN Democracy Fund offers the Secretary-General policy guidance for the development of programme frameworks and funding guidelines, considers proposals for funding, and recommends funding proposals for approval by the Secretary-General. The Board comprises 18 members: 13 Member States, including the seven largest contributors to UNDEF over the previous three years and six countries reflecting geographical diversity and commitment to democratic principles; three individual members, including the Chair of the Board; and two civil society organizations. The Advisory Board also has Group of Experts which serves as the working level of the Board.
The composition of the Advisory Board for 2016-2017:
Seven largest contributors to UNDEF during 2013-2015
- United States of America
Six countries reflecting geographical diversity and commitment to democratic principles:
- Sri Lanka
- Ms. Aracelly Santana of Ecuador, former Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Nepal and former Deputy Director of UN Electoral Assistance Division (retired).
- Ms. Marjorie Tiven of the United States, former Commissioner of the New York City Mayor's Office for International Affairs and incoming head of Global Cities, Inc., a programme of Bloomberg Philanthropies.
- Mr. Jeffrey Wright of the United States, Actor and Founder of Taia Peace Foundation and Taia Lion Resources.
Civil society organizations:
- International Center for Not-for-Profit Law