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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.

Georgia

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NDI has worked in Georgia since 1994, and has conducted programs in political party development, parliamentary strengthening, safeguarding elections, civil society development, women’s political participation, and local governance. In the lead-up to Georgia’s 2003 democratic transition, NDI provided extensive training to political parties, fostered dialogue among political party leaders, and supported domestic election monitors. Since 2003, NDI has provided technical assistance and support to parliament, supported local civic actors working to bolster public involvement in the reform process, provided technical assistance for election monitoring efforts, and conducted public opinion research examining citizens’ attitudes toward reforms.

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Parliamentary Development

NDI’s work with the Parliament of Georgia focuses on strengthening parliamentary factions, supporting constructive policy debate through town hall meetings and roundtable discussions, and building the institutional capacity of parliament through workshops, technical assistance, and the NDI Parliamentary Internship Program. The Institute also encourages parliament to increase its transparency and outreach capabilities and recently helped parliament to digitize the parliamentary record into a web-based searchable format.

Women’s Political Participation

Since 2005, the NDI Future Women Leaders Program has brought together groups of 20 to 25 women for a year-long program designed to increase women’s participation in politics and prepare women to seek elected office. Each group of women is selected through a competitive process, and participates in monthly trainings on topics such as leadership, public speaking, campaign management, and project oversight. In 2008, alumnae of the program formed their own nongovernmental organization in order to continue to promote the networking and skills learned in the NDI-led workshops.

Civil Society Strengthening

NDI supports Georgian civil society through assistance to the International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED), a nonpartisan nongovernmental organization that is Georgia’s leading nationwide grassroots civic organizing and election monitoring organization. NDI elections experts offer technical assistance related to specialized election observation activities, including long-term monitoring, election-day observation, voters’ list audits, and parallel vote tabulations. In recent years, with NDI assistance, ISFED has developed its organizational management capacity and capacity to conduct programs in the inter-election period that promote citizens’ political engagement. Recent ISFED initiatives include town hall meetings with elected officials, public opinion research, advocacy workshops, and civic and voter education campaigns.

International Election Observation

NDI has fielded high-level international election observation and assessment missions to Georgia, most recently for 2003 parliamentary elections and 2008 presidential and parliamentary polls. These missions assessed the political environment, suggested improvements to the electoral framework based on international best practices, and demonstrated the international community’s commitment to transparent and credible elections.

Funding

NDI’s programming in Georgia is funded through the United States Agency for International Development, the National Endowment for Democracy, the Swedish International Development Agency, and the British Embassy in Tbilisi.

Contact Information

For more information about these programs, use our contact form or contact:

Washington, D.C.
Laura Jewett, Regional Director

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NDI Welcomes Georgian Prime Minister Garibashvili03/06/2014
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Smooth Presidential Election Bodes Well for Georgia's Democracy but Minority Rights and Polarization Require Attention10/28/2013
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NDI Will Field International Mission to Observe Georgia's Presidential Election10/23/2013
NDI Poll: Georgians Say Government Is Making Changes That Matter to Them; They Disapprove of the Prime Minister's Resignation Statement09/23/2013
Georgian Dream and Ivanishvili Most Popular Political Force While UNM Seen as Strongest Opposition Party04/23/2013
NDI Poll: Georgians Continue to See Jobs as Number One Priority and Say Country is Headed in Right Direction04/16/2013
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Calm and Orderly Georgian Elections Set New Political Landscape, NDI Mission Finds10/02/2012
NDI Georgia Releases Political Poll Ratings and Crosstabs09/07/2012
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Interactive Georgian Website Gives Citizens Access to Election Data09/02/2012
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NDI Releases Political Poll Ratings in Georgia07/16/2012
NDI Delegation Releases Pre-Election Statement in Georgia06/29/2012
Jobs Remain Top Issue as Georgian Elections Approach, NDI Survey Finds03/26/2012
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Georgian Parliament's New Television Program Gives Constituents First Look at Their Members of Parliament11/16/2011
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New Report: Democratization Will Be Essential to Georgia’s European Integration10/17/2011
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Maturing and Developing Democracies Share Experiences on Parliamentary Research Services07/12/2010
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Georgian Political Parties Agree to "Win with Women"07/06/2010
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Parties Agree to National Political Channel in Georgia03/05/2010
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NDI Supports House Democracy Partnership in Sharing Good Practice12/21/2009
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Former Speaker of Parliament Discusses Democracy in Georgia, New Political Party12/22/2008
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12/18/2013 Public Attitudes in Georgia: Results of a November 2013 Survey
Public Opinion Survey
Luis Navarro
10/28/2013 Statement of the NDI Election Observation Delegation to Georgia's 2013 Presidential Election
Statement
National Democratic Institute
09/23/2013 Public Attitudes in Georgia: Results of a September 2013 Survey
Survey Report
National Democratic Institute
09/06/2013 Statement of the National Democratic Institute Pre-Election Delegation to Georgia
Pre-Election Statement
National Democratic Institute
07/12/2013 Public Attitudes in Georgia: Results of a June 2013 Survey
Survey
NDI Georgia
04/23/2013 Public attitudes in Georgia: Results of a March 2013 survey
Survey Report
National Democratic Institute
12/12/2012 Public Attitudes in Georgia: Results of a November 2012 Survey
Survey Report
Luis Navarro and Ian T. Woodward
10/02/2012 Statement of the NDI Election Observer Delegation to Georgia's 2012 Parliamentary Elections
Statement
National Democratic Institute
09/25/2012 NDI Long-Term Observation Reports of the 2012 Parliamentary Elections in Georgia
Statement
National Democratic Institute
09/07/2012 Public Attitudes in Georgia: Results of an August 2012 Survey Carried out for NDI by CRRC
Survey Report
Luis Navarro, Ian T. Woodward
07/16/2012 Public Attitudes in Georgia: Results of a June 2012 Survey
Survey Report
Luis Navarro, Ian T. Woodward
06/29/2012 Statement of the National Democratic Institute Pre-Election Delegation to Georgia
Pre-election assessment
National Democratic Institute
03/21/2012 Public Attitudes in Georgia: Results of a February 2012 Survey
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Luis Navarro, Ian T. Woodward
03/01/2011 Public attitudes in Georgia: Results of a March 2011 survey carried out for NDI by CRRC
Report
National Democratic Institute
12/01/2008 NDI Reports: A Review of the Activities of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
Newsletter
National Democratic Institute
05/02/2008 Statement of the NDI Pre-Election Delegation to Georgia's 2008 Parliamentary Elections
Statement
National Democratic Institute
04/09/2008 Code of Conduct for Party Activists During the Parliamentary Election
Code of Conduct
National Democratic Institute
01/07/2008 Statement of the NDI Election Observer Delegation to Georgia's 2008 Presidential Election
Statement
National Democratic Institute
12/14/2007 Statement of the NDI Pre-election Delegation to Georgia
Statement
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12/01/2005 NDI 2005 Annual Report
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