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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

  • 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.

  • 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.