In their own words: "The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government." (ndi.org) The NDI's board of directors includes Madeleine Albright and Donna Brazile. Its partners include the Open Society Foundation, Google and Amazon.
Quote: "Women’s participation in politics is socially transformative. Research shows that women in politics raise issues that others overlook, pass bills that others oppose, invest in projects others dismiss and seek to end abuses that others ignore. Where women are able to participate in peace processes, the chances of reaching an agreement at all improve, and the peace is 35 percent more likely to last at least 15 years. Yet women face many barriers to their political participation. At current rates of progress, political parity will not be reached until 2080, making equality in politics the highest hurdle women face. NDI works to accelerate progress toward gender parity on an individual, institutional, socio-cultural level."
Quote: "Expanding political inclusion is a cross-cutting objective for NDI. Democracy is more likely to develop and endure when all segments of a society are free to participate in and influence political outcomes without suffering discrimination or reprisal. But in many new and emerging democracies, large portions of the population are excluded from politics based on their age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or other identity factors. NDI works to increase the participation of these communities so they can have a voice in the political process and achieve a greater level of equality, understanding that political participation is a fundamental means of addressing the social and economic inequities associated with marginalization.
In the 1980s, the NDI supported the Social Democratic and Labour Party in Northern Ireland. Quote from the article: "A dozen members of the Social Democratic and Labor Party of Northern Ireland are spending 10 days in Washington studying American political techniques at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. It is part of the National Endowment for Democracy, through which the major political parties, business and labor try jointly to help foreign political parties strengthen their democratic procedures and institutions."
Open Society Foundations ⁕ (Business)
✡ Madeleine Albright (Business)
Google ⁕ (Business)
Amazon.com ⁕ (Business)
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