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The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.

NDI Chairman Madeleine K. Albright, photographed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

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Madeleine K. Albright
Photograph by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

NDI Chairman Madeleine K. Albright, the former U.S. Secretary of State, was the founding vice-chairman of NDI before her election as chairman of the Institute in January 2001. NDI established the Madeleine K. Albright Grant to recognize the contribution she has made in educating and improving the lives of women across the globe.

The Grant supports organizations that create greater roles for women in political and civic life. It is part of NDI’s Win with Women Global Initiative, which promotes women’s political leadership worldwide. Political leaders from more than 100 countries have become part of the Initiative.

The Madeleine K. Albright Grant is made possible by the generosity of the Melvin and Bren Simon Foundation. NDI is deeply grateful to the Foundation for its steadfast commitment to the Institute’s political participation programs for women.


In 2013, the Institute presented its eighth Madeleine K. Albright Grant to the Network of Support for Women Municipal Leaders (REAMM) of Mexico. The REAMM, a civil association created in 2009, works with political parties and government institutes across the country to support women’s leadership at the local level. The REAMM will use the award to bring together civic, political and government representatives to form coalitions that will, with improved tools and skills, be able to carry out campaigns to increase political participation by women. In particular, REAMM will work to establish rules at the state level, similar to the 2 percent federal regulation, that require parties to designate a portion of their financial allocation to promote women’s political leadership.