The Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) is a democracy assistance organization that supports political parties in developing democracies. Our approach is characterized by interparty dialogue: we bring parties together and encourage them to cooperate on political issues. This is crucial to establish the right environment for a country’s democratic development.
Furthermore, we assist political parties to become more responsive and policy-focused. We do this by strengthening the programmatic and organizational capacity of the parties. Special attention is paid to empowering members of marginalized groups.
To foster the democratic culture in a country, NIMD also provides political education programmes for (aspiring) politicians. These programmes focus on democratic values, knowledge and skills.
In general, politicians are much more interested in learning from fellow politicians than from project managers and consultants. Therefore, in all our programmes, we actively stimulate knowledge sharing between politicians by organizing international exchanges and networking events.
NIMD seeks to make an impact on three levels: political system, actor, and culture. These levels are interrelated. For instance, political parties can only take up their role if the political system and environment allow them to do so. At the same time, democratic systems need political parties and democrats in order to function and provide the stability and conditions needed for development. That is why the actor and culture level are also important.
We believe that real change can only be realized and sustained through country programmes. Currently, NIMD runs programmes in more than 20 countries in Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Eastern Europe. In the country programmes, we also incorporate international and regional developments because they also impact the socioeconomic development of countries.
NIMD Director El Salvador talks about youth
In El Salvador, NIMD seeks to contribute to a democratic culture where the rights of women and men are respected. One of the groups that we focus on is the youth. In this video, Patricia Navarro, NIMD’s Country Director in…
NIMD Director Guatemala Interviewed
In the following article in Prensa Libre (19 November 2016), Ligia Blanco, NIMD’s Executive Director in Guatemala, talks about poverty and exclusion in Guatemalan society and how NIMD tries to reduce inequality by working with the political parties in the country. Prensa…
Conference on Innovating Democracy
NIMD is organizing a conference on innovating democracy on 1 December in Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam. We hope you will be able to join us. The day will be packed with interactive workshops and inspiring speakers from different countries. Examples…
The Global Partnership for Multiparty Democracy (GPMD) is founded
On 12 October 2016 ,the Global Partnership for Multiparty Democracy (GPMD) was founded in The Hague, The Netherlands. The GPMD is a unique ‘North-South’ network that brings together 12 organizations from all over the world that support political parties in…
NIMD works with local partner organizations or country offices. They have knowledge of the people and the political culture of the country and are perceived as trustworthy by the politicians. This allows them to advise and bring politicians together.
Over the years we have built strong relations with our partners. They are pivotal in our network, linking NIMD’s worldwide expertise and resources to local activities as well as creating impact on the ground.More about partners
NIMD was founded in 2000 by 7 Dutch political parties. This multiparty identity provides us with the legitimacy and unique opportunity to work on an impartial basis with all political parties in a country and encourage dialogue between them. Our work is guided by five principles that reflect both our own multiparty identity and the role we play as an experienced democracy assistance organization.
Our approach is non-partisan. We are not affliated with any specific political denomination and work impartially with all parties across the political spectrum.
We provide a platform for discussion for both ruling and opposition parties. All parties take part in the dialogue on issues of national interest with an equal voice.
We encourage the equal participation and representation of marginalized groups. We empower representatives of these groups to take part in the policy-making process.
We work with our partners on an equal basis. Our programmes are locally set and reflect local demands.
Political transformation, building trust and strengthening political parties takes time. Therefore, we invest in long-lasting relationships with our local partners and political parties.
In every country the political system, the actors and the political culture differ. Therefore, NIMD always starts with an in-depth political analysis of the country and uses that to develop tailor-made activities. Through these activities we seek to bring about change on political system, actor and culture level.