The right to free counsel for poor persons accused of a crime is enshrined in law in the West Bank.
The first project of UNDEF's Eighth Round of Funding was signed on 9 September 2014, one of some 50 new initiatives that will be launched by UNDEF in this new Round. The project will work to strengthen independent journalism in Libya, so that local citizens have better access to information about the country’s democratic process even amid considerable security challenges.
An UNDEF-funded project works in Jordan, Tunisia and Egypt to strengthen the role of women in society, particularly in in remote and underprivileged areas...
An UNDEF-funded project in Iraq has completed its work with six Governorate Councils to strengthen civil society participation in democratic processes and advance accountability in Government institutions...
After a series of disruptions caused by political upheavals and government restrictions, an UNDEF Egypt project has started work in earnest to form a coalition of partners for integrity...
UNDEF funds a project to empower Jordanian artists and journalists to act as "Freedom Messengers" -- catalysts and networkers for free speech and media. The project, focused on people under 35 and implemented by the Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists in Jordan, held a public event at Amman's Royal Cultural Center in June featuring street theatre, rap music, short films and more, performed by artists in the Freedom Messengers Network. Please go to FMN for more photos and stories in Arabic.
In the occupied Palestinian territory, movement restrictions and closures severely limit access to information and interaction with decision-makers. UNDEF funds a project using social media and broadcasting to bridge this communication gap between officials and the public. Implemented by AMIN Media Network, the initiative advances the use of citizen journalism and blogs for interaction between communities and the Palestinian Authority. It trains civil society in producing community radio talk shows and national TV
Lebanon is undergoing a critical period in its efforts to build governance, the rule of law and participatory democracy. To prepare young people to play a fuller part, UNDEF funds 'Citizenship Is My Right', a project for youth in local governance and community life in South Lebanon, Mount Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley. The overall goal is to build the skills required to create youth municipal councils and projects of collective interest. The project is implemented by Mouvement Social, a secular association working for
development throughout Lebanon for the past 40 years.
Ensuring women's participation will be crucial building a democratic and well-governed Egypt. An UNDEF-funded initiative works to strengthen women's role, including in the coming elections. Implemented by the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights, the project has established a watchdog to monitor women's political and institutional
access, while training women leaders to effectively take part in electoral campaigns.