West Africa: Political Party Strengthening Academy (PPSA)
West Africa: Political Party Strengthening Academy (PPSA)

Since 2020, NDI has supported political party representatives from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) member states through the Political Party Strengthening Academy (PPSA) program in collaboration with the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Recognizing the impact that parties have on functioning democracies, the program aims to advance democratic party reform initiatives. The Institute has conducted several skills-building webinars on themes identified during initial consultations with parties, such as internal and external communication, the use of ICT tools, and constituent relations. The PPSA program builds on representatives’ experiences in parties and their concerns and priorities for party reform to provide resources and guidance for developing inclusive, internal democratic reform initiatives. Critically, the PPSA works to combat trends of democratic backsliding in the region by motivating decision-makers to shape parties and their practices that reflect the democratic inclusivity necessary to sustain democratic practices on a national and regional scale

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