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Czech Republic´s Chairmanship of the Lifeline Fund

On May 16, the Embassy of the Czech Republic hosted a meeting of the Donor Steering Committee of the Lifeline Fund, an international fund to support embattled non-governmental organizations (NGOs) all over the world. The successful meeting concluded a three-month chairmanship of the Czech Republic that was passed on to the Netherlands.

The Lifeline Fund, created in July 2011 by the US and 12 like-minded governments including the Czech Republic, provides emergency assistance to embattled NGOs, such as legal representation, replacement of equipment, and temporary relocation. It also supports advocacy initiatives that raise awareness of the difficult and hostile environments in which NGOs and civil society in many parts of the world operate. Seven international consortium members, CIVICUS, FORUM-ASIA, Freedom House, Front Line, the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, People in Need, and the Swedish International Liberal Centre, carry out the programs.