Rațiu Center for Democracy

Rațiu Center for Democracy is a nongovernmental, not – for – profit organisation that promotes democracy as a way of life and supports values and behaviours associated with public participation, youth engagement and practical implementation of a multicultural vision.

Elisabeth Rațiu (1921 - 2016)

With great sadness we announce the passing of Elisabeth Raţiu, wife of Ion Rațiu.
May she rest in peace.

More, better.

Do not express any criticism, not even “constructive”, about your neighbor’s struggle. Act: do more and better than he does.

Inspired by the needs of a transitional democracy and the personal example of Ion Rațiu, CRD was founded to bridge a gap between practitioners and academia, giving a voice to activists and turning critical thinking into project breaking ground. Its activity was centered on four pillars: research, learn, inform, apply and its topics covered areas like: participation and community involvement, multiculturalism, gender studies, human trafficking, youth projects (theater, debate, volunteering).

With the transformation of Romania came change within the not-for-profit community, which has become more focused and shifted from grass root projects to more oriented, policy changing or challenging activities. CRD developed three areas of expertise: public participation, human rights and youth engagement, the later becoming a more permanent interest.


CRD is founded by Indrei Rațiu with the support of Rațiu Family Charitable Foundation and representatives of Cluj Napoca academia.

CRD is active in the fields of democratization and civic society through programs and projects that aim to improve the quality of democratic life and civic participation in the public sphere.


CRD grants, together with Rațiu Family Charitable Foundation and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Ion Rațiu Democracy Award. This distinction encourages and rewards 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 first Ion Rațiu Democracy Award was granted in 2005 in partnership with Georgetown University.


CRD inaugurates, with the support of Rațiu Family Charitable Foundation, the Ion Rațiu Journalism Award that promotes and encourages citizen dedicated journalism.


CRD redesigns its activity and expertise on regional and national levels to emphasize community involvement of the young populace by offering resources and creating opportunities to make their voices heard and produce social change.


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