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New Democracy Fund

In response to democratic challenges in the Eastern Neighbourhood Countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark established in 2020 The New Democracy Fund.


The fund supports new and existing civil society partnerships in regard to strengthening democratic development in the Eastern Neighbourhood Countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine) by promoting democracy, human rights, and gender equality.


The fund is built on dialogue, co-operation, and aims to create new and strengthen the existing relations between civil society organisations in the Eastern Neighbourhood Countries and Denmark.

About the programme
  • Our role: Lead partner
  • Budget: 180 mio. DKK
  • Duration: 2023-2026
Danish Cultural Institute and the New Democracy Fund

The Danish Cultural Institute’s role in the New Democracy Fund is twofold: As lead partner, we host the secretariat and have the overall administrative and financial responsibility of the New Democracy Fund. On a project level, we are responsible for the fund’s effort within the cultural field, where we aim to strengthen the cultural focus and partnerships. We do this by partnering with local cultural organisations, establishing a regional cultural network, and initiating and supporting projects within the cultural sphere.

The Consortium

The New Democracy Fund is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark’s Eastern Neighbourhood Programme. After a call for proposals in the autumn of 2020, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark chose the consortium behind The Fund, which counts the following organisations:

The budget

With a total budget of 180 million DKK for 2023-2026. The Fund aims to strengthen new interregional co-operation and exchange of experience between civil society organisations, cultural, educational and knowledge institutions in Denmark and the Eastern Neighbourhood Countries.

Thematic focus areas

The New Democracy Fund has 6 thematic focus areas:

  • Culture
  • Gender equality
  • Green and just transition
  • Labour market organisation
  • Media
  • Youth
Do you want to know more?

You can visit the website of the fund here.

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The consortium behind the New Democracy Fund is:



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