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.
Throughout the world, women are consistently underrepresented in leadership positions at the local level, even in countries with high numbers of women in national office. This report explores the context for women in local executive offices, and the unique challenges and opportunities they face in their positions. In this research, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) evaluated initial programming targeting women mayors and mayoral candidates, and conducted interviews with current and former mayors.
NDI conducted a study to better understand how women within NDI’s programming interact with digital technology and the particular challenges they face with regard to access, comfort and competencies. For this study, digital technology has been defined as encompassing computers, the Internet, e-mail, standard mobile phones, smartphones, tablets and social media applications.
The National Democratic Institute (NDI) honored Senator Barbara Mikulski, D-MD, with its W. Averell Harriman Democracy Award for her decades of leadership advocating for democracy and the advancement of women and girls.
The award was presented by NDI Chairman and former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright at a May 12 luncheon highlighting the efforts of grassroots women’s organizations to promote the participation and leadership of women in politics.
TBILISI – The National Democratic Institute (NDI) and its partner CRRC Georgia survey public opinion to help Georgian stakeholders diagnose and address issues of public concern by providing accurate, unbiased, and statistically sound data. The poll released today shows that Georgians perceive jobs, inflation and rising costs, and poverty as the most important issues. In the survey, 67 percent chose jobs, 43 percent rising prices and inflation, and 37 percent poverty as among their top three priority issues.
Despite the possibility of spillover violence from Syria, a vacancy in the presidency and postponed parliamentary elections, young Lebanese party activists are eager to find ways to enter politics.
Forty of them, representing five political parties, gathered outside Beirut last month for a campaign school for future candidates and campaign teams to learn how to build outreach strategies and create messages that address voter interests.