UNDEF invites proposals for inclusion of the voice of civil society and promoting democracy

Organisation:  United Nations Democracy Fund

Apply By:  15 Jan . 2019

 UNDEF invites proposals for inclusion of the voice of civil society and promoting democracy

About the organization:

Background of UNDEF At the 2005 World Summit held at the United Nations in New York, Heads of State and Government reaffirmed their commitment to promote democracy and human rights, by welcoming the establishment of a Democracy Fund at the United Nations1, herein referred to as UNDEF. UNDEF is a Trust Fund established through voluntary contributions from Member States, under the authority of the Secretary-General. UNDEF is guided by its Advisory Board, which includes representatives of Member States, eminent academics and global civil society leaders. Thus, participation in the activities of UNDEF bestows prestige to all its stakeholders and signifies for its beneficiaries a high level of political commitment to democratic values.

Call for Project Proposal:

The Thirteenth Round of UNDEF Funding will begin when the call for project proposals is launched on 15 December 2018. The deadline to submit project proposals will be 15 January 2019. Organizations wishing to submit a project proposal to receive UNDEF funding should visit the UNDEF website where they will be prompted to complete an online application form. Project Proposal Guidelines 13th Funding Round 4 Project proposals will be accepted by the OPPS only during the call for project proposals i.e. 15 December 2018 – 15 January 2019. UNDEF will not accept proposals submitted via e-mail, regular post, facsimile, diplomatic or UN pouch, hand or courier delivery or any other channel. Project proposals can be submitted only in English or French, the two working languages of the United Nations. A confirmation email will be generated by the OPPS. The UNDEF Office will communicate directly with the applicant if additional information should be required. Applicants can apply for a minimum of 100,000 US dollars and a maximum of $300,000 US dollars.

Eligibility Criteria:

Local and Global/Regional Projects

UNDEF will invite proposals for projects that either take place in one country only (local) or occur in several specified states of a region or sub-region (regional) or intend to operate at the global level (global). UNDEF will reserve at least 80% of its programmable resources in each funding round for projects taking place in one country and will allocate no more than 20% to global/regional projects.

Eligible Beneficiaries:

UNDEF funds projects implemented by non-UN organizations, not individuals, profit-making or government entities. Eligible applicants must be duly constituted nationally or internationally and have legal status.

At the project proposal stage, you will be required to indicate the type of organization applying for funding:

  • Civil Society Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations engaged in promoting democracy
  • Independent and Constitutional Bodies,
  • Global and Regional inter-government bodies, organizations and associations other than the United Nations UNDEF’s priority is Civil Society Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations.

The organization must be legally constituted. UN accreditation is not a prerequisite to apply for UNDEF funding. UNDEF encourages local CSO’s to submit high quality project proposals.

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