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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

  • 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

  • NDI and invite you to attend a workshop on the roles of new technologies in election monitoring, hosted by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) on Feb. 26, at the NED offices in Washington DC.

  • The Bipartisan Policy Center
    and its National Security Initiative (NSI)

    Yemen: The Next Afghanistan?

    Moderated by

    David Ignatius (invited)
    The Washington Post


    Thomas Krajeski
    Senior Vice President, National Defense University and
    Former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen

    Dr. Paula Dobriansky
    Former Undersecretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs
    Co-Chair, NSI's Stabilizing Fragile States Project

  • The International Forum for Democratic Studies
    at the National Endowment for Democracy

    cordially invites you to a luncheon presentation entitled

     The Backlash Against Election Monitors:

    How the Profession Can Respond


     Mr. Peter Novotny
    Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow

  • 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.