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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.

What We Do

What We Do

NDI and its local partners work to promote openness and accountability in government by building political and civic organizations, safeguarding elections, and promoting citizen participation. The Institute brings together individuals and groups to share ideas, knowledge, experiences and expertise that can be adapted to the needs of individual countries.

More details about NDI’s specific program areas can be found through the menu below.

Citizen Participation

Helping citizens engage in their country’s political process is one goal of NDI programs. The Institute provides technical assistance in organizing techniques, civic and voter education, budget oversight and other skills that help make governments accountable. | Read more »


NDI and the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) have partnered to help debate sponsoring organizations overcome the challenges they face when planning candidate debates around the world. | Read more »

Democracy and Technology

Democracy practitioners and activists are using new technologies to improve access to information and enhance their effectiveness. | Read more »

Democratic Governance

The Institute’ governance programs seek to promote effective public-sector institutions and processes that operate in a manner consistent with democratic values of transparency, representation, pluralism and accountability. | Read more »


NDI programs promote the integrity of electoral and political processes based on international standards and the practicalities of citizen mobilization. | Read more »

Gender, Women and Democracy

The Institute’s programs help to create an environment where women can advocate on matters of policy, run for political office, be elected, govern effectively, and participate meaningfully in civic life. | Read more »

Political Inclusion of Marginalized Groups

The Institute works to increase the participation of marginalized groups around the world to help all citizens have a voice in the political process and achieve a greater level of equality. | Read more »

Political Parties

Political parties form the cornerstone of a democratic society and serve a function unlike any other institution in a democracy. | Read more »