• Photo exhibition dedicated to Ion Rațiu at the Romanian Peasant Museum in Bucharest
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  • Ratiu Democracy Center is pleased to invite you to DADA conference
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  • Today, April 4th, marks 95 years for Elisabeth Ratiu. We raise a toast to Elisabeth who has remained a role model for all women and still active in her many roles with the Ratiu Foundations and charitable work.

  • CRD has just lauched a call for projects enabling young architects to design functional objects for the courtyard of Free Time Factory
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  • CRD launches a second call for projects for a youth hostel to be developed
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  • In recent years, the EU has made an unprecedented effort to transform its periphery by exporting values such as rule of law, democracy and good governance. The experience is discussed as part of the criticism to the global anticorruption approach in Alina Mungiu-Pippidi's book, A Quest for Good Governance: How Societies Develop Control of Corruption.
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The Raţiu Center for Democracy

The Raţiu Democracy Center, CRD is a Romanian registered non-governmental, not-for-profit organization based in Transylvania, Romania. Through its varied programs and projects the Center seeks to promote values and behaviors associated with democracy, open society and multiculturalism.

CRD was founded in July 2004 by Indrei Ratiu, the son of Ion Ratiu with the support of the Ratiu Family Foundation based in London, UK and leading faculty members of Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

The Raţiu Center is particularly active in the fields of democratization and civil society building through programs and projects that aim to improve the quality of democratic life and civil participation in the public sphere. The Center’s beneficiaries range from specific groups (such as students, academics, women, teachers, pensioners, or those with special needs) to wider audiences such as whole communities.

The Raţiu Center for Democracy is also involved in several international projects including the prestigious annual Ion Raţiu Democracy Lecture in association with the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, D.C. This public lecture launched in 2005, is encouraging and rewarding men and women of principle, thinkers as well as activists, struggling to implement democratic values and behaviors in parts of the world where these are either emerging or under threat.

The Raţiu Center distinguishes itself by promoting “democracy as a way of life,” the principle adhered to and promoted by Ion Ratiu (1917 – 2000), the life-long Romanian opponent of communism and advocate of democracy world-wide. This international perspective is complemented by programs and projects that are also distinctly local and regional focusing on the particularities of Transylvanian and Romanian post-1989 transition society.



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