Political Party Development Program
NDI has partnered with political parties to improve party structures, promote inter-party dialogue, and increase the political participation of women, youth and other minority groups.
In order to build the skills of party trainers in areas such as public speaking, conflict resolution, internal and external communications, and election campaigning, NDI conducted national and regional “training of trainers” workshops. These party trainers have replicated trainings for almost 28,000 local political activists. NDI also conducted workshops on voter registration and elections to prepare more than 2,700 party activists to carry out door-to-door canvassing.
NDI organizes multi-party workshops to encourage cross-party collaboration through regular dialogues, coordinated activities and learning and sharing workshops and seminars. NDI also organized town hall forums in collaboration with locally-based civil society groups, offering citizens a chance to discuss local and national issues with political party leaders and district representatives. In advance of the national election in 2013, the Institute and the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industries organized candidate debates featuring nine political parties.
In the aftermath of the earthquake and aftershocks, NDI organized multi-party training on crisis and communication management for party spokespersons, party office secretaries and members of the information/communication and training departments. NDI has also organized a series of consultations with political parties, political leaders, and government representatives on crisis communications, including ways to communicate/inform citizens effectively.
Women's Political Participation
Women’s political participation activities served as a cornerstone of NDI’s programs in Nepal beginning in 1996. NDI helped parties train women candidates to run and serve as local elected officials. NDI also assisted parties to develop leadership training seminars for women candidates and has supported the Inter-Parliamentary Women’s Alliance since its founding in 2006. More recently, NDI supported a civil society-led campaign to push for greater representation of women in parliament during the 2013 elections. NDI has organized national training workshops to equip women with skills and knowledge to enhance their capacity and confidence as party leaders and supports them in their discussion and formulation of joint action plans on women’s issues.
NDI collaborated with the Parliament Secretariat and legislative leaders to increase parliament’s technical expertise and strengthen its involvement with constituents. The Institute promoted policy-focused public dialogues between former parliamentarians, political party leaders, NGOs and the local community. These dialogues allowed citizens to voice their opinions regarding key development issues in their regions and, as a result, local officials were able to secure government support and funding for community projects. NDI also worked with political party activists and women parliamentarians through a pilot program that helped create multi-party constituency offices for women Constituent Assembly members and produced a weekly television program that focused on women’s issues.
Improving Electoral Processes
During the 2013 Constituent Assembly elections NDI worked with the Democracy and Elections Watch (DEW-Nepal) to help ensure greater transparency and deter misconduct. Composed of diverse organizations, the coalition deployed almost 6,000 observers to monitor activities at polling stations. The Institute also organized voter information campaign events, providing marginalized groups in the Kathmandu Valley region with information on voting and the electoral process.
In 2015, NDI was able to provide technical, logistical and material support to strengthen the Election Commission of Nepal’s (ECN) capacity to manage the electoral process by conducting a training on Election Administration and Management, and to develop and disseminate voter education materials, and to promote institutional strengthening by introducing an outline for a results management system. The Institute also collaborated with civil society partners to provide voter registration support, and to enable community facilitators and other stakeholders to better assist marginalized communities to obtain their citizenship certificates and register to vote.
NDI’s current programming in Nepal is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Past funding has come from the United Nations World Food Programme, the National Endowment for Democracy, the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom and the Canadian International Development Agency.
For more information about these programs, use our contact form or contact:
Kenza Aqertit, Country Director
+977 1 4442 079
Christina Costello, Program Manager