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"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."
- Martin Luther King Jr.
Today marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Andi Parhamovich Fellowship. The fellowship was founded in memory of NDI staff-member Andi Parhamovich, 28, who was killed on January 17, 2007, when her convoy was attacked while returning from a political party training session in Baghdad. Over the past ten years, the fellowship has had a lasting impact for women’s political...
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Empowering Women in Politics

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NDI's local partner POECI conducted five simultaneous Parallel Vote Tabulations (PVTs) during Côte d'Ivoire's 2016 legislative elections.

POECI data clerks worked hard to manage the observer reports coming in from POECI's 1500 observers. Thanks to the diligent work of POECI data clerks, observers, and staff, POECI received 100 percent of the observer reports.
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NDI's local partner POECI conducted five simultaneous Parallel Vote Tabulations (PVTs) during Côte d'Ivoire's 2016 legislative elections.

POECI data clerks worked hard to manage the observer reports coming in from POECI's 1500 observers. Thanks to the diligent work of POECI data clerks, observers, and staff, POECI received 100 percent of the observer reports.
NDI has a new website! Please take a look and let us know what you think in the comments.

Welcome to the New NDI.org

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Are you a Nigerian civil society organization interested in monitoring political processes and safeguarding elections? NDI is looking for a partner to observe voter registration and elections in Nigeria. See the request for applications below and be sure to express your interest before the Jan. 22, 2017 deadline!

NDI Election Observation Request for Applications - Nigeria | NDI

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NDI President Ken Wollack visited Lukla, a town situated at 2,860 meters from sea level, in the Solukhumbu district in northeastern Nepal. Arriving, Ken reached out to high-five a young local before continuing on to Tengboche monastery, located in the foothills of Everest. Ken visited Lukla and Tengboche as part of his first visit to Nepal, where he met with the prime...
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Colombia’s Open Parliament Action Plan is notable regionally and internationally – it is the third such plan developed in Latin America and the sixth in the world.

First Action Plan for a Transparent Congress in Colombia

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For our bipartisan dinner, we developed a video compilation, which asked our partners one single, powerful question: “What does democracy mean to you?” The video responses we collected included both a one word answer and a 15 second explanation on the meaning of democracy. The result was amazing.

What Does Democracy Mean to You?

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"As the last African country to hold national elections of 2016, all eyes are on Ghana,” said Dr. Fomunyoh, senior associate and regional director for Africa at NDI. NDI led an international election observation mission to the country earlier this month. On December 7, Ghanaians participated in peaceful and orderly elections, showing once again their commitment to democracy. ...
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The second most read DemWorks blog post of 2016 was from National Democratic Institute - NDI's Pat Merloe.

The Role of Citizens in Democracy

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Editor's Note: Stanislav Daniel, NDI Roma Political Participation Program Alumnus and Coordinator of Romani Early Years Network, contributed to this piece. Slovakia’ ruling SMER party convened its annual congress in December. Although a social democratic party now in power for a number of years, the...

Slovakia: Democracy from Below, Not from on High

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Happy holidays from the National Democratic Institute!
Senior level jobs in Guatemala, just posted: COP, DCOP and Finance Manager for Political Youth Leadership Program. Fluent Spanish and USAID grant management required. Apply now: [ Ndi.org Link ]
Facing increased pressure from migration, some countries have sought to close their borders or brand migrants as criminals. In honor of #MigrantsDay, NDI examines Guatemala's new "Migrant Code" and how Guatemala is leading the way toward treating migrants as people with legal rights, not just criminals.

Guatemalan Congress Takes Action to Support Migrants | NDI

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The Equal Opportunities Parliamentary Caucus and the Ministry of Education of Ukraine organized a roundtable that brought together gender experts, government officials, representatives of academia and civil society from across the country. The roundtable participants discussed the importance of integrating gender equality principles into secondary and high school curricula,...
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The NDI Ana Usharek Mujtami program in northern Jordan works to bring together Syrian refugees with their Jordanian neighbors to learn democratic rights and principles and form partnerships to pro-actively address problems in their communities. As part of an environmental renewal project, participants from the program are conducting a grass-roots, self-funded initiative with a goal to plant...
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“We do this work because we are sick of robbers being in power and getting re-elected, despite their unjust actions. The previously accepted norm of corrupt politics is not ok with our generation.” - Honduran youth leader

Youth are driving change in Latin America

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