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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.

Middle East and North Africa

Middle East and North Africa

For more than 20 years NDI has assisted democrats and reformers across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) as they work to build stronger institutions that can better represent citizens and promote greater accountability and transparency. Since opening its first office in Jerusalem in 1993 to provide support to Palestinians as they prepared for elections, the Institute has responded to requests from civic activists, parliaments, local governments and political parties throughout the region. NDI now maintains offices in 10 countries and supports programs in every country in the MENA region. Given the recent transformation of the regional political landscape and the greater push by citizens for change, the ability of citizens to organize and for governments to respond effectively has taken on greater urgency. NDI’s programs are designed to respond to on-the-ground political developments while ensuring that assistance contributes to the longer-term development of civic groups, political parties, parliaments and governing institutions. Special attention is given to engaging women and youth in the political process. | Read More »

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Algeria

A key component of the Institute’s work in Algeria is helping to strengthen political parties so they are more representative, transparent and internally democratic. | Read more »

Bahrain

Since March 2002, NDI has worked with Bahraini political leaders, civil society members and government officials from across the political spectrum to strengthen political and civil society organizations. | Read more »

Egypt

The Institute has worked with local civic partners on election observation and voter registration projects, most recently during 2008 municipal elections. | Read more »

Iran

The Institute has initiated the Supporting Democratic Initiatives program, which provides reform-minded Iranians with resources and opportunities to share experiences of democratic initiatives. | Read more »

Iraq

The Institute implements programs with the objectives of strengthening democratic institutions, supporting the political participation of women and youth, and helping to ensure open and fair electoral processes. | Read more »

Jordan

NDI is working to help establish representative, sustainable and participatory political systems and institutions. | Read more »

Kuwait

The Institute's programs have focused the need for political associations to be more representative and inclusive, with a particular emphasis on women and youth. | Read more »

Lebanon

NDI supports civic organizations, women activists and reform-minded political parties to help promote a more responsible political system with accountable institutions. | Read more »

Libya

NDI supports the development of Libya's nascent political parties and civil society organizations as they play a role in the political transition.  | Read more »

Mauritania

NDI works with local partners to address the difficult task of institutionalizing democratic processes and attending to the scars of authoritarian rule and cyclical military intervention.  | Read more »

Morocco

NDI began programming in Morocco in 1996 to strengthen the capacity of multi-sectarian civic groups to influence public policy and monitor elections. | Read more »

Qatar

The Institute, in partnership with the Qatari Permanent Elections Committee, is working to build a corps of civic education trainers. | Read more »

Saudi Arabia

Since 2003, NDI has provided assistance to Saudi municipal councilors, activists and journalists. | Read more »

Syria

NDI works with Syrians to build their understanding of democratic fundamentals. | Read more »

Tunisia

Since 2000, NDI has supported Tunisian democrats in their efforts to promote a more inclusive and participatory political environment. | Read more »

West Bank and Gaza

NDI seeks to enhance multiparty pluralism by helping democratic political movements to ensure free and fair elections through monitoring and observation. | Read more »

Yemen

For more than a decade, NDI's programs in Yemen have been aimed at strengthening local councils and providing members of parliament with core legislative skills. | Read more »