Washington, D.C. -- The National Democratic Institute (NDI) today congratulated Ambassador Mark Green, president of the International Republican Institute (IRI), for his nomination to be administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). A former congressman, ambassador and leader of the Initiative for Global Development, Green has extensive experience in, and deep knowledge of development, diplomacy and democracy assistance. NDI and IRI work in partnership to advance democratic institutions worldwide.
On May 9 2017, NDI Chairman Madeleine K. Albright, a former U.S. Secretary of State, testified before the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs. Find her full remarks here.
As the Iraqi army's offensive against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) entered its fourth month in February 2017, NDI conducted 12 focus groups with citizens to gauge support for national institutions and gather expectations about post-liberation governance. Three unexpected findings from participants in the focus groups include:
The National Democratic Institute is deeply concerned about the health of the prominent Russian political activist, Vladimir Kara-Murza, who has been hospitalized in Moscow, and expresses its hope that he will receive the highest-quality medical care available.
Since 1999, NDI in Kosovo has helped citizens and political leaders at all levels build a strong civic culture by establishing comprehensive and durable democratic institutions.
Elections are a principal democratic process, although they alone do not guarantee citizen influence over policy making, the responsiveness of public officials, or their responsible use of state resources. Quality elections matter a great deal, but only insofar as they put citizens in the driver’s seat when it comes to steering the work of government. For this reason, elections should be treated as opportunities that not only allow citizens to choose leaders, but that can also begin to position citizens as informed, organized and active participants in policy making.
From 2012 to 2016, Hong Kong experienced a period of intensified debate on political reform and the meaning of the “One Country, Two Systems” formula that has governed relations between the Region and the mainland for almost two decades.
The Civic Update is produced three times a year to provide an in-depth look at particular NDI program approaches and practices.