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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.

Democracy Dialogue

NDI President Kenneth Wollack (center), with Lorne Craner (left), the president of the International Republican Institute, and Ambassador Robert Neumann at a panel discussion.

Support for democracy has been a priority of U.S. foreign policy since the earliest days of the republic, and its advantages over other forms of government have come to be accepted globally. But there are many manifestations of democratic governance – how it is achieved and how it delivers for its citizens – that are the subject of continuing debate. To help illuminate this debate, NDI has collected commentary from its own experts and others along with some of the key documents upon which democracy programs are based.

Our Perspectives

Commentary from NDI Board members and staff on democracy promotion generally and on specific NDI programs. | Read more »

News and Views

Commentary from experts on the directions and challenges of democracy promotion programs. | Read more »

Key Documents

A library of the basic documents upon which democracy programs are based. | Read more »

New Additions


PBS NewsHour

NDI's Christopher Fomunyoh, director for Central and West Africa programs, speaks with PBS NewsHour about recent violence in Burundi.  

"This is a hugely destabilizing factor for the entire Great Lakes region," said Fomunyoh. "We are seeing tens of thousands of new refugees fleeing into a situation that is so volatile. Ultimately the Great Lakes could convulse again into a humanitarian catastrophe and then it becomes a global responsibility for the world to be called upon to send resources."

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PBS NewsHour

NDI's Christopher Fomunyoh, director for Central and West Africa programs, speaks with PBS NewsHour about developments in the fight against Boko Haram in Nigeria. 

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Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies (City University of New York) blog

Sheila Fruman, former NDI country director in Pakistan, discusses a recent resolution passed by the Pakistan parliament regarding the crisis in Yemen.

According to Fruman, the resolution represented a significant moment of “debate and decision making on vital matters of state.” Fruman added, “The open debate marks a turning point that respects the right of citizens to hold their representatives accountable and strengthens the institution of parliament within the democratic framework.”

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NDI recently partnered with USAID on a civic and voter education initiative in Malawi to provide citizens with the opportunity to hold their elected officials accountable to promises they made on the campaign trail during the May 2014 local and national elections. 

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