Based on the belief that democratic governance is one of the fundamental values on which Europe is constructed, this field of action seeks to support democracy in Europe and in the world. Drawing on the experience of foundations that have supported community development initiatives in various societies in transition, for example in Central and Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall, this strand addresses the added value of philanthropic investments in these complex contexts of transition.


Fikra – Tunisia Joint Fund

Fikra is a pooled fund initiated by NEF and chaired by the Foundation de France.

Immediately after the Arab Spring, many European donors expressed an interest in actively contributing to the democratic transition of Tunisia. By establishing Fikra, the Tunisia Joint Fund, foundations support community development initiatives that contribute to the societal transition.  Fikra, which means ‘idea’ in Arabic, has supported 62 community development projects with grants since the first call in June 2013.


European Fund for the Balkans

The European Fund for the Balkans is a joint initiative of European foundations that envisions, runs and supports initiatives aimed at strengthening democracy, fostering European integration and affirming the role of the Western Balkans in addressing Europe’s emerging challenges. It is chaired by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

The programme‘s strategy is based on three overarching areas – Capacity Development, Policy Development and Regional Cooperation, which are channelled via flagship programmes and selected projects, and complemented with actions arising from EFB’s regional identity as a relevant player in its fields of focus.


New Pact for Europe

Given the state of today’s Union, there is an urgent need to foster debate at all levels, exchanging views across the EU to provide insights into other countries’ interests and viewpoints. This could help member states and the Union as a whole to weather the crises, become proactive once more, and initiate and implement policies that go well beyond the lowest common denominator.

Building on analysis and proposals elaborated in previous phases of the New Pact for Europe project in 2016-2017, the funding strand will explore how the EU can better serve the interests of its member states and citizens through a series of national and transnational debates on key policy challenges.


FutureLab Europe

FutureLab is a programme chaired by the Robert Bosch Stiftung in conjunction with seven foundations aiming at encouraging active citizenship in Europe. For its 2017 edition, FutureLab Europe will support 20 bright and committed young Europeans who want to play a role in the future of Europe by implementing a project with a civic impact.