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NDI

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.

Latin America and the Caribbean

Latin America and the Caribbean

More than 30 years after a wave of democratic change swept through the Americas and enabled citizens to regain fundamental political rights, public confidence in representative institutions remains low. Limited progress in overcoming problems of poverty and corruption, and the marginalization of large sectors of society have weakened the foundation of democratic institutions in a number of countries in the region. Many political leaders and political parties face pressure to become more effective in reaching out to citizens and addressing their needs. 
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Colombia

NDI has assisted political parties with strengthening their organizations and reaching out to new sectors, and worked to enhance the political participation and skills of representatives of underrepresented sectors.
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Cuba

NDI has worked to develop an international network of political and civic leaders to provide support and solidarity for those Cubans struggling peacefully for democracy on the island.
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Guatemala

NDI focuses on strengthening the leadership capacity and political engagement of women and indigenous people, as well as increasing outreach to these sectors of the population. 
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Haiti

Haiti continues its consolidation of democracy, but high poverty rates, limited access to education, corruption and a winner-takes-all political culture have hindered that process. Since 1986, NDI has worked with Haitian political and civic leaders to strengthen democratic practices and institutions.
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Honduras

NDI is working with Honduran election observation groups to promote their capacity to monitor pre-election and election-day conditions in the areas of decision-making, division of labor, project planning and outreach strategies.
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Mexico

NDI offers technical assistance to civic groups promoting community development and the political rights of the disabled, works with young leaders from political parties, and works with women legislators to help reduce the gender disparity in policy areas within Congress.
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Nicaragua

Providing support for nonpartisan election observation groups, enhancing the media's capacity to increase public engagement with the electoral process, and helping political parties with reform are goals of the Institute's programs.
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Peru

NDI helps to facilitate collaboration between regional governments and political and civic groups to reduce poverty and increase political representation.
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Central American Citizen Security

In response to the concern of Central American citizens over their governments' ability to address safety and security issues in the region, NDI has recently launched a pilot program in El Salvador and Guatemala to help deliver improvements in the quality of citizens' lives.
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Political Party Network

The network builds on NDI’s political party assistance expertise by fostering exchanges of experiences and materials to motivate parties to explore more modern, transparent and responsive political practices that will contribute to helping democracy deliver tangible improvements to the lives of citizens.
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Past Programs

Information on programs in other countries where the Institute has worked.
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