The European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) is a non-profit organisation supporting democracy worldwide. It comprises nine European civil and political society organisations from eight EU Member States present in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.
Located at the heart of the EU district in Brussels, EPD has established itself as a key player on EU democracy support, both vis-à-vis the EU Institutions and the member states, as well as the wider democracy support community (experts, CSOs, donors). Through innovative and collaborative methodologies based on the development of effective partnerships, EPD facilitates the exchange of knowledge and good practices around the world while advocating for a stronger presence of democracy support on the European Union’s agenda.
The EPD network is conceived as a Community of Practice in which practitioners from different dimensions of democracy support share knowledge in order to increase the impact of their work. The Community of Practice currently comprises nine European Partner Organisations with a long track record and specialisations in working:
On different fields of democracy support: political parties, local authorities, elections, multi-stakeholder dialogue, political and civil rights, civil society capacity building and civic and political education;
At different levels of society: political leadership, elected representatives, civil society and grassroots community representatives.
By covering different field and levels of support, EPD has direct insight on the various dimensions of democratic governance that must work in parallel in a functioning democracy. Thanks to this operational exchange, partners can improve the quality of their programming and contribute to EPD’s evidence-based advocacy.
Through its members, EPD represents over 140 people based in Europe and more than 1000 in the field.
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