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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.

NDI Events

  • UNDP Roundtable:

    Iraq’s Development Challenges


    Christine McNab,

    Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General & UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq

    John Desrocher,

    Director, Office of Iraq Affairs, US Department of State

  • Ten years ago, on Oct. 5, Serbia marked one of the most important dates in its recent history — the overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic. On that day, the citizens of Serbia turned from its troubled course toward a program that matched the dominant desire for a European future. The Balkan region changed dramatically in the year 2000 with the electoral defeats of both Milosevic and Croatia's President Tudjman, concluding a decade that saw the violent breakdown of Yugoslavia.

  • The Institute's Somalia program recently completed an analysis of its first round of qualitative focus group research, "Looking Toward the Future in Somalia: A Study of Public Opinion Regarding Issues of Democracy and Governance."

  • Thursday, October 7, 2010
    12:15 to 1:45 p.m. (Lunch at 12 p.m.)

    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

  • Friday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m.

    National Democratic Institute
    2030 M St., NW, 5th Floor
    Washington, D.C.


    Three senior members of NDI's observation mission for the Sept. 18 Wolesi Jirga elections will present their views on the conduct of the elections and prospects for an effective tally process going forward, followed by a discussion.

    They are:

  • The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Africa Program and NDI announce a conference on:

    Moving Forward with Constitutional Reform in Kenya

    Panel 1: How the Constitution Was Passed

    Kennedy Masime
    Executive Director, Center for Governance and Development
    Chairman, Elections Observation Group (ELOG)

    Mary O'Hagan
    Senior Resident Director, NDI Kenya

    Isaack Ahmed Hassan (invited)
    Chair, Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC)

  • Tuesday, August 31 at 2:00pm

    The National Democratic Institute

    2030 M St., NW, 5th Floor
    Washington, D.C.

    NDI is pleased to welcome Kenya's new ambassador, Elkanah Odembo, to Washington, D.C. Following the historic constitutional referendum on Aug. 4 Amb. Odembo will discuss the new constitution and its implications for democratic development in Kenya.

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    The Society for International Development, Washington, D.C., Chapter, presents, The Conspicuously Absent Fourth "D": Democracy.

    July 30, 2010, 12 pm - 2 pm

    Academy for Educational Development, Greeley Hall, 1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.


    • Lorne Craner, president, International Republican Institute
    • Sarah Mendelson, deputy assistant administrator, USAID, DHCA
    • Kenneth Wollack, president, National Democratic Institute


    • Malcolm Butler, senior vice president for emerging markets, Management Systems International and SID-Washington board member
  • Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek and former U.S. Representative Vin Weber, R-Minn., will lead a discussion on strengthening democracy and human rights globally at the National Press Club on Tuesday, June 29 at 2:30 pm.  Katty Kay, Washington correspondent for BBC World News America, will moderate the panel discussion.

  • Wednesday, June 16 at 2 pm

    Presentations by:
    Traci Cook, NDI interim resident director, Juba, Sudan
    Pat Merloe, NDI senior advisor for elections
    Ans Zwerver, NDI resident director, Khartoum, Sudan
    Keith Jennings, NDI regional director, Southern and East Africa (Moderator)