INSPIRED was originally conceived as a means to operationalise the EU Agenda for Action on Democracy Support. It was developed by the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) with support from the EU through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR). The input for the development of the first Operating Model (see Library)– which has now evolved into a full-fledged approach – came from locally-led dialogue processes that took place in five very different contexts (Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Morocco and Tunisia) between 2012-2015, tackling five different issues. This diversity was deemed necessary to ensure that the resulting approach would be applicable on a wide geographical and thematic scope.
Ever since, INSPIRED has been evolving, learning and adapting to the realities of the 14+ countries in which it has been implemented, always with its view on:
  • Doing Development Democratically
  • Building true ownership
  • Placing Dialogue at the core of the ‘Policy First’ principle
  • Ensuring that EU support is inclusive and participatory