CEPPS Announces Grants for Non-U.S. Organizations Working to Support Democracy Networks and Communities of Practice

Washington, D.C. — The Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) today announced a new grants program under its Global Elections and Political Transitions Program to support activities that foster local, regional, and global communities of practice. Qualified applicants include non-U.S. regional and local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), professional associations, and relevant special interest associations or coalitions in developing countries. Networks and communities of practice may be localized in a particular community, municipality or region; projects supporting work at any combination of these levels will be considered. 

These grants are intended to incubate new communities of practice or strengthen existing networks which focus intersects with topics outlined below:  

  1. Promoting open parliament: best practices for enhancing transparency and accountability of legislatures. 

  2. Improving local representation: best practices for improving local governance and representing collective concerns to the national level government.  

  3. Safeguarding the integrity of election data management systems: best practices in the design and maintenance of safe election data management systems.  

  1. Mitigating election violence perpetrated against marginalized groups: effective approaches for reporting and responding to election violence experienced by traditionally marginalized stakeholders, including: women; ethnic and religious minorities; indigenous peoples; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) individuals; people with disabilities; and youth. 

  2. Promoting political inclusion of persons with disabilities: improving the political inclusion, participation, and empowerment of persons with disabilities.  

  3. Promoting electoral justice: relevant, effective and efficient solutions to common challenges in adjudicating election complaints. 

The program, entitled “Supporting Democracy Networks and Communities of Practice,” is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  

The deadline for submissions is October 20, 2017. For detailed information on how to apply, read our Request for Statements of Interest 

The Consortium for Elections and Political Processes Strengthening (CEPPS) is a joint venture of three partners— the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), the International Republican Institute (IRI), and the National Democratic Institute (NDI). Since 1995, the CEPPS partners have worked to support the development of democratic institutions, processes, and practices in more than 140 countries around the world.  

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