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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 Eurasia region faces many challenges in overcoming a legacy shaped by nearly 70 years of authoritarian Soviet rule and, in Turkey, periods of political instability and a number of military coups d’etats in recent decades. These challenges include balancing integration into the global economy and international institutions while meeting the demands and needs of citizens at home for representative, transparent and accountable systems and structures of governance. While numerous political parties and civil society organizations now exist across the region, these groups often struggle to establish themselves as effective advocates of citizens’ needs and active participants in the political process. More participatory political systems also require genuine and competitive election processes and representative political institutions that are capable of reaching out to citizens and incorporating their feedback.

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The Institute has helped to strengthen nongovernmental organizations and political parties, and has helped citizens learn more about their rights and responsibilities. | Read more »


NDI has conducted programs in political party development, parliamentary strengthening, safeguarding elections, civil society development, women’s political participation, and local governance. | Read more »


NDI programs have worked to foster the development of democratic institutions, including the parliament, civil society, media, and political parties | Read more »


The Institute's programs work to strengthen democratic political activism through political party and civil society development. | Read more »


The Institute has helped political parties, civic groups, and legislative bodies reach out to citizens and civic organizations to involve them in the political process. | Read more »


NDI has worked in Turkey to promote openness and accountability in the political process along with development of a strong, dynamic civil society. | Read more »


The Institute has carried out programs in political party development, parliamentary strengthening, safeguarding elections, civil society development, and governance.| Read more »


NDI has partnered with citizens and organizations that want to build democratic political institutions.| Read more »