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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.

American Partners


As part of its democracy assistance efforts, NDI works with a variety of American organizations that share its mission of supporting open and competitive political systems and strengthening democratic institutions and practices.

NDI is one of four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a private, nonprofit organization that was founded in 1983 to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts. The endowment is governed by an independent, nonpartisan board of directors. With its annual congressional appropriation, it makes hundreds of grants each year to support prodemocracy programs in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union.

The other three affiliated institutes are:

  • International Republican Institute (IRI)
    IRI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to advancing freedom and democracy worldwide by developing political parties, civic institutions, open elections, good governance and the rule of law.

  • Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
    The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. Its key program areas include anti-corruption, advocacy, business associations, corporate governance, democratic governance, access to information, the informal sector and property rights, and women and youth.

  • Solidarity Center
    The Solidarity Center is a non-profit organization that assists workers around the world who are struggling to build democratic and independent trade unions. It works with unions and community groups to achieve equitable, sustainable, democratic development and to help men and women improve living and working standards.

The endowment serves as the umbrella organization through which the institutes and an expanding number of other private sector groups receive funding to carry out programs abroad.

NDI, IRI, the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES) and a number of other organizations are partners in the Consortium for Electoral and Political Processes Strengthening (CEPPS), a USAID-funded cooperative agreement to support the transition to, and consolidation of, democratic governments particularly in transition and sustainable development countries.  Other CEPPS partners are:

  • American Bar Association
    As the national voice of the legal profession, the American Bar Association (ABA) works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law. As a CEPPS partner, the ABA provides extensive human rights and rule of law expertise in consortium activities.

  • Asia Foundation
    The Asia Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just and open Asia-Pacific region. The foundation supports programs in Asia that help improve governance, law, and civil society; women's empowerment; economic reform and development; and international relations. The foundation collaborates with private and public partners to support leadership and institutional development, exchanges and policy research.

  • Consensus Building Institute
    The Consensus Building Institute (CBI) is a not-for-profit organization created by leading practitioners and theory builders in the fields of negotiation and dispute resolution. CBI works with leaders, advocates, experts and communities to promote effective negotiations, build consensus, and resolve conflicts.

  • Freedom House
    Freedom House is a non-profit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization that supports the expansion of freedom in the world. The organization functions as a catalyst for freedom, democracy and the rule of law through its analysis, advocacy and action. It serves as a center for independent analysis and critical writing about the nature of freedom, and a source of support for those seeking to advance freedom in their own societies.

  • Internews
    Internews is an international media development organization whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect, and the means to make their voices heard.

  • Institute for War and Peace Reporting
    IWPR builds democracy at the frontlines of conflict and change through the power of professional journalism. IWPR programs provide intensive hands-on training, extensive reporting and publishing, and ambitious initiatives to build the capacity of local media. Supporting peace-building, development and the rule of law, IWPR gives responsible local media a voice.

  • Transparency International
    Transparency International, a global civil society organization, brings people together in a worldwide coalition to end the devastating impact of corruption on men, women and children around the world. Its global network includes more than 90 locally established national chapters and chapters-in-formation that promote transparency in elections, public administration, procurement and business, and that lobby governments to implement anti-corruption reforms.

  • United States Association of Former Members of Congress
    The United States Association of Former Members of Congress was founded in 1970 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit, educational, research and social organization. It has been chartered by the United States Congress and has approximately 550 members who represented American citizens in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Pictured above: In June 2008, the International Republican Institute sent an election observation delegation to Mongolia.