What’s Next?

Claiming the Democratic Future 

Be a democracy champion! Each generation faces new challenges and must work to solve societal problems through democratic processes. Following the work of the “What’s Next? Claiming the Democratic Future” campaign, the World Movement for Democracy is seeking to recognize, promote, and support young leaders that are championing democracy in their communities.

This spring (May – June 2023) the World Movement is seeking to identify two democracy champions expanding civic spaces in their community. We are looking for young democracy advocates that are currently working on innovative projects or initiatives to expand civic spaces for young people in their respective countries. We are seeking to spotlight champions who are:

  • Encouraging youth participation in civic spaces,
  • Strengthening community dialogues on civic issues,
  • Using new technologies to help young people express their opinions, or
  • Developing mechanisms to protect democracy and human rights advocates.

Applicants should be under the age of 35. Applicants should not start a new project or program, rather this is an opportunity to spotlight the work they are currently doing.

Selected champions will work with the World Movement and the youth network to promote their work globally and inspire more young people to participate in civic activism. In addition, champions will connect with a network of likeminded young people dedicated to advancing the goals and values in the Youth Declaration.

To apply, please complete the form below. The application deadline is April 25, 2023. Email world@ned.org with any questions.


"The next generation of committed democrats is striving for a democratic future underpinned by the values of Inclusivity, Accountability, and Social Justice at its core.."

Youth Declaration