[Dateline: New York | Author: UNDEF/iSeek]
UNDEF Update , the electronic newsletter of the United Nations Democracy Fund, recently made its debut, providing a user-friendly snapshot of what the Fund does, how it works and why.
The newsletter contains the latest information on the Fund’s incoming project proposals, new Advisory Board members, Member States' contributions, and more.
Most important, it provides a rich sampling of stories and photographs from the field -- from Afghanistan to Somalia to Haiti and beyond -- all with clickable links to the Fund’s web site.
According to the newsletter, there is a high demand for information about the Fund’s work in supporting civil society efforts for democracy around the world, demonstrated by one million hits on its web site in November 2008 and more than 2,100 project applications in December.
About the newsletter
UNDEF Update is divided into three parts.
The first, "Inside UNDEF," covers the Fund, its Advisory Board, its staff and the colleagues who work closely with it. It will also explain how UNDEF deals with the thousands of applications it receives each year.
The next section, the heart of the newsletter, "News from the Field," provides glimpses of some of the projects being undertaken with the Fund's support.
The last section, "Worth Reading," highlights thoughtful writings in the field of democracy support.
A text-only version (recommended for dial-up connections) is also available.
The Fund invites interested subscribers to send an email message to email@example.com.
About the Democracy Fund
UNDEF was established by the Secretary-General in July 2005 as a United Nations General Trust Fund, with the primary purpose of supporting democratization around the world.
It supports projects 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 funds go to local civil society organizations -- both in the transition and consolidation phases of democratization. In this way, UNDEF plays a new and distinct role in complementing the UN's work with governments to strengthen democratic governance around the world.
The Fund complements and builds upon current UN efforts, programmes and projects and ensures an integrated, coherent, and demand-driven approach. Furthermore, the UN’s efforts to promote democracy are inseparable from its broader work for security, development and human rights.
UNDEF is based at UN Headquarters in New York, within the UN Office for Partnerships, which provides management oversight to the Fund.