The Committee for the Defence of Democracy
Outcome:
organisational grant
City (headquarters):
Warszawa
Voivodeship (headquarters):
mazowieckie
Dates:
01-05-2022 - 30-04-2024
Status:
in progess
Project cost:
100 000 EUR
Funding:
100 000 EUR
Outreach:
nationwide

The Committee for the Defence of Democracy (KOD) promotes attitudes favourable to the development of a democratic state under the rule of law, deals with the protection of human rights and popularises knowledge of the democratic system of the rule of law. The most important areas of KOD’s activity are the defence of the rule of law, the defence of media freedom and the building of civic consensus for the restoration of the rule of law in Poland. The organisation has been active since late 2015 – the first protests in defence of the Constitutional Tribunal. It is able to mobilise hundreds of thousands of citizens to become active in defence of civil rights – holding simultaneous mass demonstrations in defence of the rule of law or media freedom in dozens of towns and cities in Poland. The Facebook fanpage has a reach of around 250 thousand people, the network of local groups and pages has a reach of around 100 thousand viewers. KOD has about 8,000 members affiliated to 16 regional branches, which provide a base for civic activity – events, meetings and educational activities, as well as integration of civic communities at the local level. The Committee cooperates with judicial, women’s and LGBT+ organisations, as well as with Belarusian opposition activists and organisations working on behalf of Ukrainian refugees. It runs Citizens’ Election Control, a watchdog project to monitor the correct voting process in parliamentary, European, local government and presidential elections. Within the framework of the organisational grant, KOD intends, among other things, to improve the qualifications of the organisation’s managers, develop fundraising activities, improve the organisation’s internal and external communication, increase the number of KOD members and increase the number of local institutions, organisations and informal groups cooperating with the organisation (e.g. on the Civic Control of Elections in 2023).

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