Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) was established by
United Nations Secretary-General
Kofi Annan in July 2005 at the
African Union Summit in
Syrte, Libya, as a United Nations General Trust Fund
under his authority. Its primary purpose is to support
democratization throughout the world. UNDEF finances
projects that build and strengthen democratic
human rights, and ensure the participation of all
groups in democratic processes.
provides assistance to governmental, non-governmental,
national, regional, and international organizations,
including relevant United Nations departments, offices,
funds, programmes and agencies. The Fund complements
current UN efforts to strengthen and expand democracy
The projects do
not promote any single model of democracy. As the Heads
of State reiterated in the 2005 Summit Outcome Document,
democracy does not belong to a single country or region.
They stressed that “democracy is a
universal value based on the freely expressed will
of people to determine their own political, economic,
social and cultural system and their full participation
in all aspects of their lives.”
The purpose of the Fund
is to build capacities for democratic governance,
especially at the country level. This can only be done
effectively in a supportive institutional environment.
Under no circumstances will activities funded by the
UNDEF be “imposed” on a country. The approach will
necessarily be one of collaboration and support.