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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

  • In the fall, The Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) hosted conferences in Amman, Beirut, and Cairo to examine the political dynamics in the Middle East. Participants developed recommendations for U.S. foreign policy initiatives for encouraging meaningful democratic political reform. The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the United States Institute for Peace, and Georgetown's Democracy and Governance Program sponsored the conferences.

  • The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe will hold a briefing on new media on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 2:00 p.m. in Room 1539 of the Longworth House Office Building in Washington, DC.

    This briefing will consider the ways in which new media and Internet communication technologies affect the balance of power between human rights activists and authoritarian governments. Panelists will focus on new media's role in protests and elections, the ways in which it empowers civil society activists, and how dictators use new technology to control and repress their citizens.

  • A World Affairs Briefing with Kristin Haffert, NDI Director for Women's Political Participation Programs and Raissa Tatad-Hazell, NDI Senior Program Manager for Asia. On Friday, Sept. 18, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the National Democratic Institute, 2030 M St., NW, Washington, DC. If you are planning to attend, please R.S.V.P. by Tuesdsay, Sept. 15 to Cecilia Lero at 202.728.6339.

  • Members of NDI's 2009 International Election Observation Mission in Afghanistan presented their experiences, analyzed the results and discussed the implications of the elections for the future of Afghanistan.

    Thursday, Sept. 3, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1800 K St., NW, Washington DC.




  • The Senate Foreign Relations Committee called on Susan Page, NDI’s regional director for Southern and Eastern Africa, to testify at its hearing on a comprehensive strategy for Sudan.

    Page offered insight from her extensive experience in the country as well as from 10 focus group studies NDI has recently conducted, including six in Southern Sudan, two in the Three Areas of Abyei, Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan, and two in Northern Sudan.

  • Changing gender politics in the Western Balkans was the theme that brought together eight young Balkan leaders to participate in a lively discussion co-hosted by NDI and the National Albanian American Council (NAAC).

    Topics ranging from gender quotas for elected office to social implications of gender equity were posed by NDI’s Aleksandra Pajevic, the Institute’s field director in Albania, who moderated the session called “Women in Government, Access to Power.”

  • NDI’s Regional Director for Eurasia Laura Jewett addressed the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also called the Helsinki Commission, on Kyrgyzstan’s July 23 presidential election. Jewett outlined several areas in which the government of Kyrgyzstan could take steps to improve the electoral environment, which would in turn help rebuild citizen confidence in the process.

  • On the occasion of the 64th birthday of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, NDI President Kenneth Wollack joined the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, U.S. Campaign for Burma and others to honor the incarcerated leader of Burma’s democratic opposition. Daw Suu Kyi, who has been in custody for 13 of the last 19 years, was sent to Rangoon’s notorious Insein Prison on May 14 on charges she violated the terms of her house arrest.

    June 15, 2009

    Contact: Kathy Gest,, 202-728-5535

    Young Women Meet in Morocco
    with Future Leadership in Mind

    RABAT – Twenty-five young women from across North Africa will convene in Rabat, Morocco, for leadership exercises over the next four days, hoping to carry the lessons learned back to their communities and into their futures.

  • Robert Benjamin, NDI’s Central and Eastern Europe Regional director, offered remarks on Albania’s upcoming June 28 parliamentary elections in the context of its democratic transition as part of a briefing hosted by the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe on June 4 and chaired by commission Co-Chairman U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL).