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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.


NDI values its collaboration with many organizations to advance the Win with Women Global Action Plan, implement programs and raise awareness about the importance of women’s role as decision-makers in the political process.

  • United Nations Development Programme
    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the development organization of the United Nations, working in over 160 countries to build local capacity and increase access to knowledge and resources. Its primary aim is to strengthen countries in their ability to achieve Millennium Development Goals.

  • Inter-Parliamentary Union
    Established in 1889, the IPU is the international organization of parliaments of sovereign states. It contributes to the growth and development of its member parliaments by facilitating exchanges of experience between them. The IPU also considers issues of human rights and international interest, serving as a forum for its membership to express and debate issues.

  • The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance
    The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization, based in Stockholm, Sweden, that supports the strengthening of democratic institutions and processes around the world. International IDEA provides knowledge, expertise, and a platform for dialogue in constitution-building, electoral processes, political parties, and democracy and gender issues.

  • Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum
    The Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF) is a regional inter parliamentary body comprised of representatives from over twelve parliaments in southern Africa. The Forum works toward the promotion of multiparty democracy, good governance, gender equality, and political stability in the region as well as respect of the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms. In this capacity, the SADC-PF organizes international observation missions to assess the elections of its member states

  • Club de Madrid
    The 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 democracy-promotion 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.

  • Organization of American States
    The Organization of American States (OAS) is an intergovernmental organization comprised of 35 states from the Western Hemisphere. The OAS works to strengthen cooperation on core democratic values, defend common interests and debate the major issues facing the region and the world. Under the terms of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, OAS member states are required for holding free and fair elections, and may seek advisory assistance from the OAS to strengthen their electoral institutions and processes.

    UNIFEM is the women's fund at the United Nations. Established in 1976, it provides financial and technical assistance to innovative approaches aimed at fostering women's empowerment and gender equality. Today the organization's work touches the lives of women and girls in more than 100 countries. UNIFEM also helps make the voices of women heard at the United Nations — to highlight critical issues and advocate for the implementation of existing commitments made to women.

  • Initiative for Inclusive Security
    The Initiative for Inclusive Security (a project of the Hunt Alternatives Fund), including The Women Waging Peace Network, advocates for the full participation of all stakeholders, especially women, in peace processes. Creating sustainable peace is achieved best by a diverse, citizen-driven approach. Of the many sectors of society currently excluded from peace processes, none is larger—or more critical to success—than women. Through its publications, partnerships, and trainings, The Initiative has connected these women experts with over 5,000 policy shapers to collaborate on fresh, workable solutions to long-standing conflicts across the globe.

  • Vital Voices Global Partnership
    Vital Voices Global Partnership is the preeminent non-governmental organization (NGO) that identifies, trains, and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe, enabling them to create a better world for us all. We provide these women with the capacity, connections, and credibility they need to unlock their leadership potential.

    Founded in 1975, the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) is an internationally recognized non-profit organization that improves the lives of women and girls in developing countries. Our approach is to work hand-in-hand with women leaders, local partners, and national and international organizations to give women the tools they need to improve their lives, families and communities.

  • The Council of Women World Leaders
    The Council of Women World Leaders is a network of current and former women presidents and prime ministers. The Council's mission is to mobilize the highest-level women leaders globally for collective action on issues of critical importance to women and equitable development. By increasing the number, effectiveness, and visibility of women who lead at the highest levels in their countries, the Council aims to promote good governance and enhance the experience of democracy globally.

  • International Republican Institute (IRI)
    A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, the International Republican Institute (IRI) advances freedom and democracy worldwide by developing political parties, civic institutions, open elections, good governance and the rule of law.

  • Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)
    Founded in 1991 by Bella Abzug and Mim Kelber, the Women's Environment & Development Organization (WEDO) is an international organization that advocates for women’s equality in global policy. Working in key global forums such as the UN, WEDO advocates for and seeks to empower women as decision makers to achieve economic, social and gender justice, a healthy, peaceful planet and human rights for all.

  • The Women's Foreign Policy Group (WFPG)
    The Women's Foreign Policy Group (WFPG) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, educational membership organization that promotes global engagement and the leadership, visibility and participation of women in international affairs. The WFPG’s in-depth global issues programs feature women leaders and highlight their contributions and voices. The organization also hosts leadership development activities to promote the next generation of women leaders.