A recently published paper by the Institute of Public Affairs in Poland presents a brief overview of the origins of the European Endowment for Democracy (EED) and the state of play almost one year after it was established.
The paper also offers an analysis of the expectations and the challenges that arise from these expectations among two groups who engage in democracy support: donors and beneficiaries. The long-term discussions and promotional activities done when the Polish EU Presidency and other actors were seeking support for the new initiative have resulted in great expectations in the beneficiary countries, and the establishment of the EED was connected to criticism towards current EU institutions of their bureaucratic and slow procedures, the report states. This resulted in greater demands on the new institution, which was created in opposition to existing mechanisms. These expectations constitute a significant challenge for the EED, especially in a situation when its resources are rather limited in comparison to the existing mechanisms.
Download the paper here (PDF).
Source: Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN) Email Alerts nr. 286 from 1.2.2014