Democracy Coalition Project (DCP)--Created in June 2001, the Democracy Coalition Project seeks to support coalitions of civil society actors around the world who are engaged in democracy-building in their respective countries and at the international level. Working with leading organizations and individuals in the democracy movements of selected countries, the Project will support National Coalitions in their efforts to inform and influence public debate on issues critical to strengthening more democratic processes and outcomes.
These issues include:
Strengthening citizen access to information and independent media
Improving accountability, independent judiciaries and the rule of law
Bolstering civil society
Supporting democracy in neighboring countries
Democratizing global and regional institutions
Strengthening the Community of Democracies (CD)
Through its offices in every region of the world, the Democracy Coalition Project will seek to expand the influence of democratic forces on regional and global policy decisions through the support of National Coalitions, and the launching of an international network of these coalitions. We currently have offices in Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, FSU, and the United States.
An initiative of the Open Society Institute, the project was inspired by a landmark international political event in Warsaw, Poland in June 2000, in which over 100 governments participated. In an effort to further consolidate their dedication to democratic principles, they agreed to endorse the Warsaw Declaration, which commits them to build a Community of Democracies as an association of democratic states dedicated to strengthening democratic values and institutions at home and abroad.