Netwerk Democratie is committed to building a resilient democracy in which citizens are better involved and in which, with the help of technology, they can actively contribute.
Contemporary technological developments are changing the way in which people relate to each other, to society and to the government. Netwerk Democratie perceives these technological developments as opportunities for social change. We have the world at our fingertips and the possibilities are endless: petitions, citizen initiatives, collective action, social movements, and even revolutions. Information is exchanged faster through the internet, and citizens are given the opportunity to familiarise themselves with this information and to reuse it, also outside of the regular government. It provides citizens with new instruments; to organise themselves, to participate in the democratic process, and to inform themselves about decision-making processes within the government.
We have the world at our fingertips and the possibilities are endless
Netwerk Democratie strives for an equal information position between government and citizens by promoting transparency, accessibility, and accountability of the government. At the same time, Netwerk Democratie is committed to stimulating citizen participation, making citizen initiatives more visible, and offering citizens the tools to relate effectively to the organisations that represent them. Netwerk Democratie has been founded by Josien Pieterse (director) and Mieke van Heesewijk, and resulted from Forum for Democratic Development [Forum Democratische Ontwikkeling], Burgerlink, and the Digital Pioneers programme of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
Since 2016, the organisation has been strengthened by Anne de Zeeuw on programming, Olga Leonhard on communication, and Anouk Bruning focuses on the finances of the organisation.
The board of Netwerk Democratie consists of Sarah de Lange (chariman), Maadey Meuleman (treasurer), Wil Eikelboom (secretary), and Sandra Bos.
Netwerk Democratie has an ANBI (Public Benefit Organisation) status.
The organisation has a sustainable partnership with and financial support from the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. Since 2012, Netwerk Democratie has been part of the E-motive programme of Oxfam Novib, which makes the organisation part of an international network of organisations in which knowledge and expertise on democratic innovation is shared. In addition, Netwerk Democratie is board member of European Civic Forum, a network of European civil society organisations.
Europe Direct Informatiecentrum Amsterdam
From January 2018 onwards Netwerk Democratie has been appointed as a Europe-Direct Information Centre (EDIC). As EDIC Netwerk Democratie will inform citizens about important European issues and decision-making, and organise events to talk about the future of the EU.
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