UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.2662
TO BE ANSWERED ON 21.03.2013
FUNDS CONTRIBUTED BY INDIA TO UNDEF
2662. SHRI ANIL MADHAV DAVE:
Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:
(a) the total fund contributed by India to United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) since its inception;
(b) the projects that are being funded through UNDEF; and
(c) the details and including funds spent, nature of the project etc., location-wise?
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
(SHRI E. AHAMED)
(a) India has contributed a cumulative amount of USD 29.71 million till date to the UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF), since its inception in 2005 to support democracy projects around the world.
(b) & (c) According to information made available by UNDEF, since its establishment UNDEF has supported more than 450 projects in over 100 countries and has disbursed financial support worth approximately US$ 140 million. Of these, 158 projects are located
in the Africa region, 112 in the Asia-Pacific region, 71 in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, 54 in the Europe region, 45 in the Arab region, and 24 having a global reach. These projects are mainly in the following areas: community development,
rule of law and human rights, tools for democratization, youth, empowering women, and media.