Advisory Board

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 those UN Member States who have made the largest seven cumulative financial contributions to the Fund over the previous three years; six UN Member States reflecting geographical diversity; two international civil society organizations; and three individuals serving in a personal capacity. 

The composition of the Advisory Board for 2018-2019:

Countries who have made the largest cumulative financial contributions to the Fund over the previous three years:

  • United States of America
  • Sweden
  • Germany
  • Canada
  • Poland
  • India
  • Algeria
  • Republic of Korea

Six countries reflecting geographical diversity:

  • Botswana
  • Tunisia
  • Mongolia
  • Ecuador
  • France
  • Dominican Republic

Civil society organizations:

  • International Center for Not-for-Profit Law

Individual members:

  • Chair of the Advisory Board: Ms. Aracelly Santana, former Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Nepal and former Deputy Director of UN Electoral Assistance Division (retired).
  • Mr. Patrizio Civili, Permanent Observer to the United Nations, International Development Law Organization.
  • Dr. Wairimu Njoya, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Williams College.


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