UNDEF funded and supported the organization of a conference in Cairo on 26-27 July on "Ways to Strengthen the Democratic Transformation of Egypt". The conference, held by The Cairo Institute for Human Right Studies in partnership with the Madrid-based think-tank FRIDE, drew more than 100 participants from Egyptian civil society, political parties and academic institutions as well as a number of foreign observers.
In Algeria -- as in Tunisia and Egypt -- greater participation by women is crucial to building better governance and genuine democracy. UNDEF has just launched a new initiative to strengthen the leadership of Algerian women in political parties, trade unions and professional associations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
En Côte d'Ivoire, le FNUD soutient le projet “la société civile engagée pour la démocratie et la bonne gouvernance”, mis en œuvre par West Africa Network for Peacebuilding in Côte d'Ivoire.Les élections présidentielles en Cote d’Ivoire initialement prévues en 2005 et repoussées à maintes reprises n’ont pu être organisées à ce jour.
On Kenya’s independence in 1963, when the constitution was negotiated in London, only one woman delegate from Kenya was present. Women’s rights and issues were largely ignored in the document that emerged. Despite numerous constitutional amendments since then, women and minorities in Kenya face considerable challenges in asserting their rights.
Le processus démocratique en République démocratique du Congo a été fragilisé par l'incivisme, la mauvaise gouvernance, l'intolérance, les violations des droits de l'homme, la méfiance entre gouvernants-gouvernés et le déficit de participation citoyenne, constatés après les élections de 2006. Ils affectent également le processus de décentralisation et les élections de 2009-2011. Pour remédier à l’effet de ces fléaux qui impactent négativement le progrès de la société congolaise, la construction et le renforcement d'une démocratie participative est nécessaire.