But something is still missing. It takes something more to create an organization in which everyone feels involved and committed, where they understand what they are a part of, what the organization is trying to achieve and how they affect the results. The numbers have gotten a bad rap.
Democracy is under threat, both globally and at the European level. A clear trend of democratic backsliding in some EU Member States and neighbouring countries can be observed—shrinking democratic space, restricting fundamental freedoms such as freedom of press and expression, curbing of civil society action, and the demolishing of the rule of law and systems of checks and balances.
To counteract this global spread of illiberalism and authoritarianism, which could also affect the EU, an increased effort in democracy support and democratisation is needed to protect and make democracy resilient.
Democracy building is a long-term and non-linear process in which circumstances and priorities may change quickly and unexpectedly. Pursuing a strategic and overarching approach to democratisation and external democracy support, contributes to the strengthening of EU values and interests globally.
Having the possibility to respond promptly to emerging opportunities, through established and transparent mechanisms, will be fundamental for the EU and its partners in external democracy support. In recent years, the EU has been faced with a number of interlinked external and internal challenges that put most EU External Action Instruments, adopted inunder financial pressure.
To address some of these challenges, various Trust Funds, the Facility for Refugees in Turkey and the European Fund for Sustainable Development were established to provide the EU with flexibility and leverage capacity.
Internally, the EU has to deal with a clear democratic regression in some of its Member States, a declining trust in political parties and EU institutions, and a disconnect with citizens.
Many challenges to democracy are directly related to security threats that impact the EU. Continued EU leadership on democracy, promotion of human rights, rule of law, and inclusive governance is both a reflection of our values and a critical way of addressing EU priorities.
This should be manifested in the next MFF A less strategic approach to democracy support by reducing the importance and centrality of democracy support, loss of expertise on democracy programming resulting in a less targeted, strategic and long-term democracy support, and difficulty in balancing EU strategic interests and values; Reduced financial resources for democracy support; Less predictability and fewer unique specificities in funding for democracy and human rights as currently vested in the EIDHR; and Reduced accountability, transparency and oversight of democracy support funding.
As actors in democracy support and partners of the EU, we would like to make the following recommendations in relation to democratisation and external democracy support in the next MFF The impact of internal and external issues, some of which are mutually reinforcing, on the EU is widely recognised.
Increased funding would also demonstrate EU commitment to the full implementation of the Agenda for Sustainable Development. To this end, greater predictability in funding, the ability to provide support without partner government consent, maintaining a worldwide operational coverage, ability to address sensitive political issues in restrictive contexts, comparatively low co-funding rate requirement, and the possibility to include co-applicants without nationality restriction, are indispensable enabling tools of the EIDHR for effective democracy support.
In addition, the key oversight role of the European Parliament in democracy and human rights support should be maintained, and greater internal coordination on democracy support ensured. Additional funding is necessary for addressing key challenges to democracy worldwide.
These challenges include, inter alia, the shrinking democratic space, restricting media freedoms, challenges to the integrity of the electoral process, declining trust in political parties and disengagement of the electorate, especially young people, state capture, corruption, unchecked infusion of money in politics and elections, and the negative consequences of the rise in the use of modern communication technologies.
There is a need for improving existing rules and procedures of external action, particularly for those implementing EU-funded programmes.
EU procedures should aim, wherever possible, to promote flexibility, transparency, predictability, accountability, and the efficient disbursement of funding to ensure effective delivery of EU assistance. The EU institutions, its member states and democracy support actors all have a role to play in addressing the challenges to democracy around the world.
This can only be achieved in cooperation, through clear coordination mechanisms and enhanced policy coherence. In this regard, the development of an overarching and strategic democracy support policy is recommended.
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What do we do? In our work we focus on three main impact areas: The themes of gender and inclusion, conflict sensitivity and sustainable development are mainstreamed across all our areas of work.
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