The National Democratic Institute (NDI) mourns the passing of Abner Mikva, who served his country in all three branches of government -- as a Congressman from the Chicago area, as chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and as White House counsel under President Clinton. "Ab Mikva represented my hometown in Illinois," said NDI President Kenneth Wollack.
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.
Senior NDI representatives met in Dhaka with the honorable prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, last month. The delegation was in Dhaka to discuss recent developments and the Institute’s programs in Bangladesh. The delegation met with the prime minister privately after attending an Iftar -- a meal eaten after sunset during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan -- at her residence.
Fatema Jafari, a member of the Herat Provincial Council and 2016 National Endowment for Democracy (NED) fellow, recently visited NDI’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., to discuss her experience in Afghan politics. Fatema first entered the political sphere in Afghanistan’s 2009 provincial council elections to promote women’s rights and advocate for key issues in her province, including public health. She was re-elected in the 2014 provincial council elections.
A 2016 public perceptions survey on insecurity and victimization conducted by the Institute for Democracy, Peace, and Security (Instituto Universitario en Democracia Paz y Seguridad, IUDPAS) of the Autonomous University of Honduras (Universidad Autónoma de Honduras, UNAH), with technical assistance from NDI. The national study was conducted in all of Honduras' 18 departments between February and March 2016 and included a total of 1,192 interviews.
In January 2016, Tunisians marked the fifth anniversary of the citizen-led uprising that toppled the regime of authoritarian leader Ben Ali. More than a year after the parliament and president took office following elections in fall 2014, Tunisia’s elected leaders are endeavoring to address the country’s pressing economic and security challenges while consolidating its young democracy.