TBILISI – Poll results released today by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and CRRC Georgia reveal dissatisfaction in the country’s political institutions, with Georgians believing their representatives are inaccessible and fail to address issues that matter to them.
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.
BEIRUT, Lebanon—The National Democratic Institute (NDI) is fielding a delegation to assess preparations for Lebanon’s municipal council and mayoral elections in May.
Members of the delegation are: Paul Dewar of Canada, former Member of Parliament; Meg Munn of the United Kingdom, former Member of Parliament; Rafik Halouani, General Coordinator of the Mourakiboun election observation network in Tunisia; and Leslie Campbell, senior associate and regional director for Middle East and North Africa at NDI.
For many young people today, being civic minded and interested in addressing social problems doesn’t translate into traditional political engagement. In the U.S., the “best and brightest” are often drawn more to Silicon Valley than Washington, DC, seeking to solve social problems by means other than government—through volunteerism, the private sector or social enterprises. In the Middle East and North Africa, many young people find too few opportunities to engage the formal political system and, in many places, see closing civic space.
Without a special traffic light that emits an audible signal, people who are blind or have low vision may risk their lives by the simple act of crossing streets. Such audible signals are expensive, particularly in Moldova, which is Europe’s poorest country. A civic group in Soroca, a city in northern Moldova, didn’t let this stop them. Thanks to their successful advocacy, the quality of life for Soroca’s large community of blind citizens is improving and inspiring further community involvement.
Identifying the Issues
On November 12, 2015, the Malian National Assembly adopted a historic gender quota bill. The new law, which requires that at least 30 percent of elected or appointed officials be women, is a result of concerted action to reverse several years of negative trends in women’s representation in positions of power.