NDI's Leadership in Democracy Award recognizes individuals and organizations from around the world that have carried out NDI's mission of "working for democracy and making democracy work" through innovative or non-traditional means, typically outside of the fields of politics or international affairs, often through the establishment of public-private partnerships. The award honors "outside-of-the-box" leadership that reinforces a culture of democracy; recognizes and promotes fundamental human rights; helps ensure that democracy delivers for all citizens; and creates or sustains democratic institutions. NDI is grateful to individuals whose distinguished commitment to democracy has a transformational impact. Their passion, involvement, and impact is an inspiration to and catalyst for others to emulate their examples and get involved.
Past recipients include: