Addressing global challenges requires a collective and concerted effort, involving all actors. Through partnerships and alliances, and by pooling comparative advantages, we increase our chances success."
- Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

UNDEF - Projects

The UN Democracy Fund supports civil society projects around the world that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes. The large majority of UNDEF projects go to local NGOs in Africa, Asia and Latin America -- both in the transition and consolidation phases of democratization. UNDEF also supports a number of major global and regional projects with a normative and policy focus. In these ways, UNDEF plays a novel and distinct role in complementing the UN’s other work -- the work with Governments -- to strengthen democratic governance around the world. It is an innovation at the heart of the United Nations.

First Round of Funding

The 1st Round of UNDEF funding began in 2007 for proposals that were submitted at the end of 2006. UNDEF received 1,303 applications of which it funds 122 projects. The total amount approved for funding is $35,201,230.

Second Round of Funding

The 2nd Round of UNDEF funding began in 2008 for proposals that were submitted at the end of 2007. UNDEF received 1,873 applications of which it funds 82 projects. The total amount approved for funding is $23,695,000.

Third Round of Funding

The 3rd Round of UNDEF funding began in 2009 for proposals that were submitted at the end of 2008. UNDEF received 2,143 applications of which it funds 67 projects. The total amount approved for funding is $18,855,367.

Projects Database

The projects database lists all projects funded by UNDEF so far, and makes it possible to conduct a more specific search using a combination of criterias.