News from NDI: Celebrating 30 Years of Working for Democracy

 

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December 2013

30 Years at NDI

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Last week the National Democratic Institute (NDI) celebrated its 30th anniversary of supporting and strengthening democracy around the world.

Over the past three decades , NDI has been privileged to work in more than 130 countries, supporting democratic institutions through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. As we mark this milestone, we reflect on the efforts of men and women who are working, sometimes against tremendous odds, to make this world a more peaceful, humane and democratic place.

We hope you will enjoy this short film showcasing NDI’'s mission to respond to the aspirations of people seeking to live in open, democratic societies that recognize and promote basic human rights.

 


NDI Honors Civic Innovators Around the World

Innovators  

As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, the Institute honored 21 civic innovators from 13 countries who are at the forefront of efforts to use technology to expand opportunities for citizen participation, and to make governments more transparent and accountable. One of them was Jack Dorsey, chairman of Twitter, who said, "We shape the world we live in every single day through the tools that we create and we use. We paint that picture every day with the brush of technology." Other speakers were Samantha Power, U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations; NDI Vice Chair Tom Daschle; Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves; and NDI Chairman Madeleine Albright, who said citizens "expect their local and national governments to listen and respond to them at the speed of the Internet." Read more»

Award Recipients Discuss Technology's Role in Democracy

Innovators  

Five innovators who won NDI’s 2013 Democracy Award came to the Institute to discuss how they are using technology to help open up governments and help them communicate with citizens. Read more»

Social Media Boot Camp Empowers Kosovo's Youth Activists

Kosovo  

In Kosovo, youth make up half the population, but are often left out of the political process. NDI is helping young activists take advantage of social media to make their voices heard about issues they care about. Read more»

 

Ambassador Russell: We Must Work Together for Lasting Gender Equality

Russell  

At an event co-hosted by NDI and the International Republican Institute (IRI), Catherine Russell, U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, discussed the challenges facing women in political and public life in 2014, and efforts to overcome them. Read more»

New Guide Addresses How to Use and Monitor Electronic Voting

E-voting  

As more countries look to use electronic technologies to cast and count votes in elections, NDI and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) have produced a new guide laying out the challenges and opportunities presented by these new technologies. Read more»

NDI Election Reform Mission Departs Cote d'Ivoire

Cote d'Ivoire  

Noting Ivorians' desire for a peaceful election, a multi-national NDI delegation completed a one-week mission to assess preparations for Cote d'Ivoire's 2015 presidential poll. The mission was intended to support Ivorian electoral reform efforts. The delegation's report will be issued in the coming weeks. Read more»


NDI's Les Campbell Testifies before Congress on Tunisia

Campbell  

In a Dec. 4 testimony before the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, NDI Middle East and North Africa Director Les Campbell said that Tunisia's democratic transition to democracy continues to advance, despite numerous challenges. Read more»

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