Beyond providing important highlights of the year, the European Endowment for Democracy Annual Report 2018 presents a short general overview of EED’s work since its inception to mark the fifth anniversary.
Since its establishment in 2013, the EED Secretariat has received over 5,000 requests for support, of which more than 700 initiatives have been approved for funding, worth about €49 million. It has organised around 100 events presenting the work and ideas of pro-democracy activists from more than 20 countries.
In 2018, it funded 145 projects in 25 countries, selected from more than 800 applications.
Negative points in 2018 included the further deterioration of human rights and basic freedoms in Egypt, the introduction of anti-NGO regulations in Israel, and the lack of prospects for a peaceful solution in conflict-affected countries, especially Syria.
This report also contains many positive stories, such as how activists are bringing hope to marginalised refugees in Jordan, and giving young people in Lebanon an independent platform for discussion.