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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.

Political Parties


Political parties serve as vehicles by which citizens can come together freely to define their political and policy aspirations and campaign for public office. NDI is a nonpartisan organization and works with parties of many ideological persuasions to help foster open, accountable and responsive political systems.

As part of that effort, NDI maintains relationships with party internationals, institutes, foundations, groups and other organizations that span the political spectrum. These include:

Party Internationals

European Parties

European parties serve as umbrella organizations for national political parties that share common ideological and policy goals.

European Party Groups

Party groups are loose coalitions of political parties or individual members of the European Parliament (MEPs) with common ideologies or political goals.


  • Club de Madrid is an independent organization dedicated to strengthening democracy around the world by drawing on the unique experience and resources of its members — 70 democratic former heads of state and government. In partnership with other organizations and governments that share its democratic goals, the Club de Madrid provides peer-to-peer counsel, strategic support and technical advice to leaders and institutions working toward democratic transition and consolidation.

  • International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. Its objective is to strengthen democratic institutions and processes. International IDEA’s areas of expertise include constitution-building and electoral processes, political parties, democracy and gender issues, and democracy assessments. The institute offers an extensive knowledge base as well as strong assistance to democratic reform.

  • The Centre for Democratic Institutions (CDI) responds to the needs of developing countries in the field of good governance and democratic institutions. The center was established as an Australian Government initiative and receives its core funding through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). Its geographic focus is the Asia-Pacific region.

  • The Olof Palme International Center works with international development co-operation and the forming of public opinion surrounding international political and security issues. The Palme Center was established in 1992 by the Swedish Social Democratic Party, the Trade Union Confederation (LO) and the Cooperative Union (KF). Today the Palme Center has 28 member organizations within the labor movement. The center works in the spirit of the late Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, reflected by the famous quotation: "Politics is wanting something. Social Democratic politics is wanting change."

  • The Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) is a regional alliance of liberal and democratic political parties in Asia. CALD provides a forum for the sustained discussion of the changing developments occurring in the respective countries and the region as a whole and assesses the possibilities for liberal solutions in Asian democracies.

  • The Friedrich Ebert Foundation (Social Democrats) Germany / Washington, D.C. promotes development cooperation, international dialogue, research, consulting and political education in support of the ideas and basic values of social democracy. The foundation is affiliated with the Social Democratic Party and works to strengthen democracy in Germany as well as in over 100 countries worldwide.

  • The Friedrich Naumann Foundation (Liberals) Germany / Washington, D.C. has worked to strengthen liberalism since its founding in 1958. It currently works in 60 countries to strengthen democratic structures, reduce state interventionism and advocate decentralization and privatization. The Washington, D.C., office carries out its transatlantic dialogue and forum on sustainable development programs.

  • The Hanns Seidel Foundation (Bavaria-based Christian Social Union) Germany / Washington, D.C. was established in 1967 to conduct political education with the goal of teaching citizens how to participate in the democratic process. The foundation is linked to the Bavaria-based Christian Social Union.

  • The Heinrich Böll Foundation (Greens) Germany / Washington, D.C. is associated with the Green Party and conducts education programs within Germany and around the world to promote democratic involvement, socio-political activism and cross-cultural understanding. The foundation is based on four main values: ecology, democracy, solidarity and non-violence.

  • The Konrad Adenauer Foundation (Christian Democrats) Germany / U.S. is associated with the Christian Democratic movement. The foundation offers political education, research for political projects, including research on the history of Christian Democracy, and grants and scholarships. It also supports and encourages development-policy cooperation.

  • The Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) aims to help “establish and strengthen pluralist democratic institutions, particularly political parties, in countries where these are absent, new, or in need of further encouragement and development.” Founded in 1992, WFD is an independent public body sponsored by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, from which it receives annual funding. Half of the annual grant is distributed between the three major United Kingdom (UK) political parties (the Conservative Party, the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats) and smaller UK parties on a proportional basis. The other half is allocated by the Foundation to national and international organizations whose work supports WFD’s program priorities.

  • The Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) was founded in 2000 by the Dutch political parties represented in the House of Representatives, with the mandate to support the development and/or consolidation of political parties in young democracies. The inter-party organization—“an institute of political parties for political parties”— works in a non-partisan and inclusive manner with political parties in Asia, Latin America and especially Africa.

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