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About NDI
 
The National Democratic Institute (NDI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization that responds to the aspirations of people around the world to live in democratic societies that recognize and promote basic human rights.

Since its founding in 1983, NDI and its local partners have worked to support and strengthen democratic institutions and practices by strengthening political parties, civic organizations and parliaments,
safeguarding elections, and promoting citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.

With staff members and volunteer political practitioners from more than 100 nations, NDI brings together individuals and groups to share ideas, knowledge, experiences and expertise. Partners receive broad
exposure to best practices in international democratic development that can be adapted to the needs of their own countries. NDI’s multinational approach reinforces the message that while there is no single democratic model, certain core principles are shared by all democracies.

The Institute’s work upholds the principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It also promotes the development of institutionalized channels of communications among citizens, political institutions and elected officials, and strengthens their ability to improve the quality of life for all citizens. For more information about NDI, please visit www.ndi.org.
 
NDI Lebanon has conducted programs on advocacy, women’s political leadership, domestic election monitoring, and civic education in Lebanon since 1996. In 2001, NDI opened an office in Beirut with the central goal of helping Lebanese citizens become actively engaged in influencing the decisions and policies that affect their lives, often through civil society organizations and coalitions. Funding for NDI programs and activities has been provided by the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), and more recently from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to support the 2009 parliamentary and 2010 municipal elections.

A strong civil society is essential in giving citizens options for getting involved in decision-making processes. NDI Lebanon has provided training and technical assistance to more than 20 multi-sectarian and issue-based organizations in order to conduct more effective programs that engage citizens, particularly women and youth, in the democratic reform process.
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