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.
Since its inception, the Institute has worked with organizations around the world in a shared effort to support and strengthen democracy. Here are examples of some of this work.
Forum Brings Kenyan Youth Together Across Party, Ethnic Lines
With the motto “unity in diversity,” Kenya’s Inter-Party Youth Forum (IPYF) is bringing together young political party activists from across the political spectrum to collaborate on solutions to the most pressing issues facing the nation’s youth, including unemployment, substance abuse and disenfranchisement.Read More »
Coalition Finds Some Shortcomings in Angola’s Generally Free and Peaceful Elections
While generally free and peaceful, some aspects of the recent general elections in Angola lacked transparency, which undermined the credibility of the electoral process, according to a report by the Coalition for Election Observation (Coligação para Observação Eleitoral, COE).
Golos Receives Sakharov Freedom Award
Golos, Russia’s largest independent election monitoring organization and a long-time NDI partner, has been awarded the 2012 Andrei Sakharov Freedom Award by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee.
131 Voices: Accountability and Transparency in the Peruvian Parliament
Though Peru has shown robust economic growth and relative resilience in the face of a global economic slowdown, many Peruvians continue to face a widening socioeconomic divide, poverty and exclusion from political life. Surveys conducted by the polling firm Ipsos Apoyo show that Peruvians harbor growing mistrust and pessimism about their leaders. Last November, for example, the approval rating for the Peruvian Congress hovered at 24 percent. Results from a 2011 survey indicated that 30 percent of Peruvians believed that their quality of life was stagnant despite economic growth and democratic advances.
In Central African Republic, Civic Groups Seek to Improve Public Services
Citizens living outside of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), get little attention from the country’s central government and have poor access to public services like health care, electricity and education. But that situation may be changing. The National Elections Observatory (Observatoire National des Elections, ONE), a collection of 80 civil society groups, is taking on the issue.
Nigerian Film Challenges Young Citizens to Engage with Elected Leaders
A civic education film recently released in Nigeria asks the question, in Nigerian pidgin, “Aftercount, I Vote Wetin?” or “I Voted, Now What?” It was made by the Youngstars Foundation, a Nigerian nonprofit organization, with the goal of encouraging younger Nigerians to stay involved in the political process between elections. The group is run primarily by young people and has reached tens of thousands of youths in rural and urban Nigeria.