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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 Board Chairman Madeleine K. Albright, right, and Thin-Thin Aung of the Women's League of Burma at the 2008 NDI Democracy LuncheonArchbishop Desmond Tutu, recipient of the W. Averell Harriman Democracy Award, speaking at the 2008 NDI Democracy Luncheon

To honor both individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a sustained commitment to democratic values and human rights, NDI has created several awards to recognize outstanding efforts.

The Harriman Democracy Award

The W. Averell Harriman Democracy Award is the Institute's highest honor, generally presented annually to someone who has demonstrated a commitment to democracy and human rights. | Read more »

The Andi Parhamovich Fellowship

In honor of the vision, dedication and courage of former NDI staff member Andi Parhamovich, the Institute has established a fellowship to help enhance the skills of young women seeking to participate more fully in the politics of their countries. | Read more »

The Madeleine K. Albright Grant

Each year, the Institute honors the achievements of a small grassroots organization that has worked effectively to promote greater roles for women in political and civic life. | Read more »