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Based in Ankara since 1997, NDI's Turkey-focused programs have supported strengthening Turkey’s democratic processes, helping to encourage transparency in decision-making and fostering opportunities for citizen input and consultation. 

The Institute has engaged a diverse range of participants through its programs, including members of parliament (MPs) and committee chairs, ministers, political party officials and municipal and provincial government officials, as well as representatives from civil society organizations, media, think tanks and academia.

As a non-partisan organization, NDI works with representatives from across the political spectrum. NDI programs aim to help local government representatives, civil society representatives, and social entrepreneurs come together to address priority issues in their communities. 

Additionally, to advance women’s political leadership and participation in Turkey, NDI aims to convene women municipal leaders and foster a community of young women aspirants. This programming seeks to increase advocacy on local policy uniquely impacting women and empower participants to act as community leaders. 


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