UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF)
- UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF) was created by the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2005 as a United Nations General Trust Fund to support democratization efforts around the world.
- It is used to empower civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes.
- The large majority of UNDEF funds go to local civil society organizations.
- In this way, UNDEF plays a novel and unique role in complementing the UN’s traditional work – working with Governments to strengthen democratic governance around the world.
- UNDEF depends entirely on voluntary contributions from Governments.
- The Advisory Board, constituted by the Secretary-General, includes
- Eight largest Member State contributors and
- Six other states to reflect diverse geographical representation.
- The Advisory Board also includes
- International civil society organizations and
- Individuals serving in a personal capacity
- The Advisory Board considers the proposals from NGOs and recommends proposals for approval by the Secretary-General.
- India is a founding member of UNDEF.
India’s Contribution to UNDEF
- India gave $5 million to the fund in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011.
- The contributions began dipping in 2012 ($4.71 m) and the following year was $1.85 million.
- After no contribution in 2017, India was back with $100,000 in 2018 and 2019.
- In 2020, 2021 and 2022, it gave $150,000.
Latest news about UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF)
- India is the fourth highest donor to UN Democracy Fund, which funds at least 68 projects worldwide linked to the Open Society Foundation.