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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

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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)

  • The Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight will hold a hearing on Wendesday, June 9 entitled "Women as Agents of Change: Advancing the Role of Women in Politics and Civil Society." It will include testimony from NDI President Kenneth Wollack, who will provide his assessment of the economic, security and other benefits of women's participation in the political process.

  • A commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Frost-Solomon Task Force, which provided assistance from the U.S. Congress to new parliaments in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union from 1990 to 1996, will be held in Warsaw June 7.

    The event is sponsored by the Senate and Sejm of Poland and the House Democracy Partnership (HDP), a successor organization to the Frost-Solomon Task Force.

  • In the second forum in a series focusing on elections, the Great Lakes Policy Forum explored Rwanda's upcoming elections. The forum reviewed political party strengthening efforts, explored electoral issues, and hosted a discussion on predictions for the election and the implications of those predictions. What will the 2010 elections mean for open democracy in Rwanda? What does this mean for the region?

  • NDI celebrated its 25th anniversary on May 10 by honoring two champions of democracy, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai of Zimbabwe and the Network of Chocó Women of Colombia, at an event hosted by NDI Chairman Madeleine K. Albright.

  • Date: March 13-14, 2010
    Location: Casablanca, Morocco

  • The life and democracy work of Gerardo LeChevallier,  NDI's former director of Latin America and Caribbean programs and country director for Haiti, was celebrated March 8 at a memorial held at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, DC.   Mr. LeChevallier, 56, was serving as the head of the political affairs and elections units within the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti and died in the collapse of the UN headquarters building in Port-au-Prince during the earthquake in January.

  • NDI will host a “Citizen Technologies and Electoral Accountability” conference in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 2 and 3. The Institute has invited domestic observation practitioners and leading technology experts from Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, and the United States to discuss the role new technologies can play in improving citizens’ ability to safeguard elections, improving the speed and impact of existing observation, and aiding in the mitigation of election-related violence.  In addition to 12 civil society organizations from Kenya, participating technology firms includ