image of a compass

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.

Women in an Urbanizing World Cover photo 450px

Women mayoral candidates in Mexico celebrate during NDI's Academy for Future Women Mayors in 2012. 

Cities are at the center of a tremendous global demographic shift. Today, more than half the  population lives in cities, and  by 2050, that number could increase to as much as two-thirds of humanity—a stunning change when compared to past demographic trends. Along with their population growth, cities are also growing in importance and stature worldwide.

07/13/2015 15:30
07/13/2015 18:00
America/New York
Elilly International Hotel, Guinea Conakry St., Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The Women in Parliaments Global Forum, the National Democratic Institute, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa invite you to attend:

Election Date: 
November 2015
NDI Activities Planned?: 
To be determined
Georgia gender story cover photo 450px

Activists in Georgia march for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Nov. 25, 2014.

“Women’s greater participation in politics is an indispensable condition for a country’s effective, democratic and stable development,” said Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili as he opened NDI’s Win with Women conference in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi.

The December 2014 conference brought together Georgian political parties, government institutions and citizen groups to identify ways for women to get more involved in politics, particularly by pushing for mandatory gender quotas for the national parliament.

The Open Election Data Initiative

NDI launched a global initiative this week to ensure that voters and citizen groups have access to detailed election data that will give a true picture of an entire election process, including how candidates are certified, how and which voters are registered, what happens on election day and how complaints are resolved.   

While election data should be owned by citizens, access to the information varies widely from country to country. When it is made available, the data is frequently released in formats that make it difficult to use.

Peter Manikas Testimony Congress

In congressional testimony June 11, NDI's regional director for Asia programs, Peter Manikas, provided an overview of recent political developments in Hong Kong, Myanmar/Burma and Thailand.  He testified at a hearing, “Retreat or Revival: A Status Report on Democracy In Asia,” put on by the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.

Pakistan party policy story cover photo 450px

Rahila Durrani, a member of provincial assembly for the PML-N Balochistan party, discusses policy options at a policy working group.

Historically, women in Pakistan have been involved in election campaigns, but very few have taken part in their party’s policy making process. That is changing through a Political Party Development Program (PPDP), that over the last four years has included 16,609 grassroots party members, of which 44 percent have been women.

National Democratic Institute
National Democratic Institute
Published Date: 
Resource Type: 
Election Date: 
NDI Activities Planned?: 
Election Date: 
NDI Activities Planned?: