Recently, NDI has supported executive branch transitions in a number of contexts, including in Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Nepal. In 2016, NDI launched a new program, with support from the National Endowment for Democracy, dedicated to supporting smooth, peaceful executive branch transfers of power.
Through this program, NDI provides technical assistance on democratic transitions of executive power through targeted, expert-led interventions and works directly with executive branch candidates and staff during pre- and post-election periods. This support focuses on three areas: the mechanics of democratic transfers of power between administrations, the creation of legal frameworks for effective transitions, and identifying areas of legislative or administrative reform. NDI also seeks to build international norms and standards to guide reform initiatives, gather a repository of resources, and convene a community of practice focused on executive branch transition processes.
In late 2016, NDI co-hosted an international conference with the government of Cabo Verde to review transition best practice in the West Africa region. In early 2017, the Institute will organize an international symposium in Washington to start developing consensus on international norms and standards for democratic transitions.