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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.


The western Balkans has seen important advances in regional stabilization and Euroatlantic integration, but challenges remain. Croatia became the 28th member of the European Union in 2013. Serbia and Kosovo signed an agreement normalizing relations that, if successful, should see breakaway Kosovar Serb municipalities integrated into Kosovo’s political system. Serbia obtained formal EU candidate status in 2013 and is embarking on the long-term process of negotiating EU accession requirements. Montenegro has also started this process. Having organized peaceful elections in 2013, Albania hopes to win EU candidacy status by 2014. However, Macedonia’s EU candidacy status, conferred in 2005, remains stalled, as does its bid to join NATO, owing to Greece’s objections over its constitutional name. And Bosnia-Herzegovina has not overcome ethnic polarization in order to secure the political stability needed to advance its EU prospects.

Across the region, domestic political institutions are maturing but serious challenges remain. Inadequate separation of government powers breeds corruption, ethnic division and partisan polarization remain, and marginalized groups remain excluded from the electoral and legislative process. As a result, government accountability and transparency suffer. | Read More »


NDI promotes civic education and issue advocacy, increases public participation and supports the electoral process. | Read more »


The Institute supports political reform at both the high-level and at the grassroots. | Read more »


Kosovo is starting a new chapter in its democratic development, creating a political environment inc which inclusion, transparency and accountability can take root. | Read more »


Since 1993, NDI has worked with parliament, political parties and civil society to strengthen democratic norms. | Read more »


NDI has supported hundreds of political and civic activists across Serbia to foster an open and responsive political system. | Read more »

Regional Parliamentary Initiative

Parliaments in the Western Balkans learn from each other and their neighbors as they transition to democracy and European integration. | Read more »

Regional Political Party Initiative

Parties need to reform themselves by cultivating new leadership, enhancing policymaking and developing ideological orientations consistent with contemporary European practice. | Read more »

Roma Political Participation Initiative

Active political participation offers the best way for Roma to improve their social status and material conditions. | Read more »