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openDemocracy Limited

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
  • Grant Amount $150,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2016–June 30, 2018
  • Location London, United Kingdom
  • Geographic Focus Russia

About this grant

The program goal is to help foster independent and innovative analyses of current social and political trends in Eastern Europe. openDemocracy Limited is an online platform which publishes on a wide range of issues related to democratic processes, economic inequality, political accountability, and social development. Among its headline sections is oDRussia. This grant will help underpin oDRussia’s full evolution to a dual-language resource bringing a range of underrepresented voices to bear on journalism in this region. In 2014-2016, oDRussia experienced an average of almost 50,000 unique monthly views of materials, spiking to over 100,000 views in the wake of the crisis in Ukraine. It has increased its Russian language readership to almost a third of its overall audience, while maintaining its position as a provider of unique commentary for English language readers. Founded in 2001, openDemocracy Limited is an independent, public-interest, not-for-profit entity which publishes material under creative commons licensing on issues related to democratic practice, liberty, and human rights.