Projects of the Council for a Community of Democracies
International Steering Committee of the Community of Democracies
CCD serves as the Secretariat for a network of 27 NGO leaders worldwide who represent the civil society component of the Community of Democracies.
A Diplomat's Handbook for Democracy Development Support
The first comprehensive look at how diplomats of democratic countries can relate to civil society and support the development of democracy in their countries of assignment. Third edition now available online, published by CIGI.
The Role of the Armed Forces in Democratic Transition
Under the leadership of Project Director Admiral (Ret.) Dennis Blair, CCD is focusing attention on how governments can make support for democracy a policy objective of military relations.
The Global Strategic Plan for Democracy Education
CCD continues to develop its democracy education initiative through funding from the UN Democracy Fund and is working to produce a Best Practices Manual on the subject.

News and Activities

Democracy Dialogue:
A CCD Blog

Democracy Dialogue serves as a forum to reflect a diverse set of views on issues of democracy support/promotion, international cooperation on democracy issues, and US support for democracy as an important aspect of its foreign policy.

Click here to read the latest post:

"The Scorched Earth of the Arab Spring"
by Jeremy Kinsman, CCD Board Member and
Canadian ambassador (ret.)


CCD Senior Program Officer Rebecca Aaberg, Street Law founder Edward O'Brien, and IGD Director Mukti Rijal meet with private school director.

CCD and the Institute for Governance and Development co-organized an NDEAP workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal in February. The project, co-funded by UNDEF and the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy is the latest in a series of pilot projects.

In March, CCD organized democracy education workshops in Nairobi, Kenya, with the Institute for Education in Democracy and in Johannesburg, South Africa, with Street Law South Africa.

To learn about pilot projects in Colombia, Ghana, Tunisia, and elsewhere around the world, please click here.


CCD President Bob LaGamma (center) addresses workshop co-organized with D4D Director Leon Malazogu (right) and CCD Senior Program Officer Rebecca Aaberg (left).

The National Democracy Education Action Plan for Kosovo is now available. The NDEAP was produced as the result of two workshops in Prishtina, Kosovo, co-organized by CCD and Democracy for Development (D4D).

The first workshop was made possible through UNDEF; the second workshop was funded by the CD-UNITED fund of the Community of Democracies Permanent Secretariat.


CCD recently received a grant from the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF). The project, Expanding Democracy Education through National Action Plans, was launched in October 2014.

For more information about this initiative and the UNDEF grant, please click here.

For information about UNDEF funding and other projects, please click here.


CCD's Best Practices Manual on Democracy Education is the culmination of over a decade of work on democracy education. The book brings together introductory chapters by South African democracy education expert David Mc-Quoid Mason and Canadian curriculum specialist Matthew Hiebert with case studies from around the world and is a practical guide thatprovides example lessons and suggestions.

For more information about the Manual, please click here.


Military Engagement: Influencing Armed Forces Worldwide to Support Democratic Transitions, Vol 1: Overview and Action Plan and Vol 2: Regional and Country Studiesis now available on CCD's website. Military Engagement, written by Admiral Dennis Blair with CCD's support and published by Brookings Institution Press, is a handbook that serves as a knowledge base for military and defense officials. It is a guide for governments to make democratic development a policy objective of military relations as well as a set of practical suggestions for embassies of democratic countries involved in the supervision and conduct of military-military relations.

For more information about the project, please click here.


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2013 CCD Annual Report | July 22, 2014
ISC Statement on Coup in Thailand | May 30, 2014
ISC Statement on Treatment of Student Protesters in Taiwan | March 28, 2014
ISC Statement on Nigeria | February 3, 2014
ISC Statement on Charges Against Emad Shahin | January 28, 2014
CD Press Release on Defending Civic Space | September 24, 2013
Press Release on Diplomat's Handbook Third Edition | September 09, 2013
ISC Additional Recommendations for CD Governing Council | June 28, 2013
Civil Society Recommendations for the VII CD Ministerial in Ulaanbaatar | April 29, 2013
CCD Announces 2013 Palmer Prize Winners | April 29, 2013
Report of the Charlottesville Conference on Democracy Education | April 17, 2013
CD Press Release on Seventh Ministerial Meeting in Ulaanbaatar | April 10, 2013
Declaration of the Charlottesville Conference | March 22, 2013
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