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National Democratic Institute For International Affairs Charity Profile
The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is a nonprofit organization working to strengthen and expand democracy worldwide. Calling on a global network of volunteer experts, NDI provides practical assistance to civic and political leaders advancing democratic values, practices and institutions. NDI works with democrats in every region of the world to build political and civic organizations, safeguard elections, and to promote citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.
In many countries, advocates of democracy lack experience with democratic practices and face weakened or non-existent democratic institutions. They have turned to NDI for assistance in building their democratic structures. These include: national legislatures and local governments that function with openness and competence; broad-based political parties that are vehicles for public policy debates; and nonpartisan civic organizations that promote democratic values and citizen participation.
While NDI puts much effort into the consolidation of new democracies, autocratic political regimes persist in many places. And in other countries, democratic gains have been reversed. In these situations, NDI works with advocates of democracy who courageously struggle against tremendous odds to promote peaceful, political change.
Geostrategic "hot spots" most likely to erupt into violence are found, for the most part, in areas of the world that are non-democratic or where governments are anti-democratic. Democracies remain viable at home by resolving conflicts within society nonviolently and through compromise. Thus, they are predisposed to seek solutions peacefully with their neighbors.
Democracies also promote economic growth more consistently and equitably than non-democratic political systems. It is no coincidence that the world's most prosperous and peaceful nations are also the most democratic. With unchecked power, governments squander resources, resulting ultimately in economic decline. Democracy building programs are, above all, an investment in peace and stability.
National Democratic Institute For International Affairs Donation Information
Every dollar you donate to NDI makes a difference. Your gift to the Institute can be put to use to help build democratic political institutions and increase citizen access to them. NDI is engaged in transitions to democracy in nearly every corner of every continent, monitoring elections, training political and civic leaders, advising parliaments and promoting opportunities for women and youth. The challenges facing democracy in the 21st century demand that resources be mobilized quickly to respond to opportunities and reduce the risk of conflict. With your support, NDI can do more at key moments when practical assistance can stimulate and sustain democratic governance and economic growth.NDI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt organization.