BackgroundFounded in 1988, as an independent not-for-profit organization, EWMI’s work began the year before the Berlin Wall came down, with the challenge of crafting functioning democratic systems in transitioning post-soviet societies. We learned – in our initial work across central and eastern europe, and in the decades that followed around the world - that a collaborative approach involving civil society, government and the private sector is the key to ensuring that citizens exercise their rights, and institutions are accountable for protecting them. This leads to more just and prosperous societies. EWMI addresses complex challenges with practical, cross-cutting solutions. EWMI specializes in targeted, locally relevant initiatives that foster partnerships, and cross-sector collaboration, from assisting state and local advocates in policy creation and reform to engaging in court administration, local economic development and technical support to civil society. EWMI does not offer off-the-shelf or cookie cutter solutions to these issues, because it appreciates from experience that each local context is unique.
EWMI’s approach translates democratic aspirations into embedded practice. EWMI ensures the following ingredients are always part of its policy and operating initiatives because they help foster cooperation and mutually compatible solutions:
Accountability: The obligation to accept responsibility and account for actions and decisions.
Capacity: The facility or power to produce, perform, or deploy.
Transparency: The quality that makes something obvious, open or easy to understand.
EWMI is expert at adapting the appropriate combination of ACT principles to the unique local context – building just and prosperous societies, and returning measurable results in the process. EWMI’s success is based on over 25 years of pragmatic field experience in over 30 countries.