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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.


Though few Mauritanians are able to have a say in their country’s political life, one group of dedicated women is determined to be heard. The Advocacy Initiatives Group for Women’s Political Participation (Groupes des Initiatives de Plaidoyer pour la Participation Politique des Femmes, GI3PF), a nonpartisan organization comprising women from all walks of life, is committed to encouraging women’s participation in Mauritanian politics at the local and national levels. “We want women to find their place in political life and in elections,” said Lalla Aicha Sy, one of the group’s coordinators. “The responsible woman is she who makes her voice heard.”


The National Democratic Institute (NDI), celebrating its 30th anniversary and seeking to broaden its network of international support, announced today that Stephen Whisnant, managing director for the United States Olympic Committee, has joined the Institute as director of philanthropy.

Darren Wilkins Trains Rural Journalists on How to Use Freedom Fone

NDI-Liberia ICT Program Officer Melvin Doe and Darren Wilkins of Monrovia-based Sahara Technology train rural journalists on how to use Freedom Fone.

NDI is working with the Liberian legislative press bureaus and lawmakers to use an audio clip distribution software called Freedom Fone.  It makes it faster, easier and cheaper for local radio stations to gather and transmit news to rural communities, which helps constituents keep track of what their representatives and senators are doing.    

A bipartisan group of 21 high-level political experts has come together on behalf of continued U.S. support for democracy around the world. In a statement of principles released by the Center for American Progress and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) this month, the group outlined the long-term benefits of supporting democratic change and made recommendations on how the U.S. can work with other governments and international organizations to build more inclusive societies abroad.


An international observation delegation fielded by NDI said the Jan. 23 Jordanian parliamentary elections saw a marked improvement in procedures and administration from past polls.  But it also found election day shortcomings and irregularities, as well as a number of systemic distortions.