Issues related to fragile and conflict-affected settings remain high on the international policy agenda. International donors play a key role in financing and pushing forward a range of reform and state-building efforts, including programmes on topics like security sector reform; demobilisation, disarmament and reintegration; transitional justice; democratic institution building; and service delivery. These programmes imply different political trade-offs. Fragmentation among international interventions may easily nurture factional disputes. Therefore, it is important to pay significant attention to synchronising the agenda of the international donor community with political party support efforts and inclusive dialogue.
NIMD has built extensive networks with international and multilateral organizations in all of its programme countries. This provides an important basis for ensuring well-coordinated interventions on political party dialogue and capacity development that strengthen the broader peacebuilding and development agenda in different contexts.
WORKING WITH THE ORGANIZATION FOR SECURITY AND CO-OPERATION IN EUROPE (OSCE) IN GEORGIA
In 2014, NIMD set up a joint project in Georgia in cooperation with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The project focuses on conflict prevention in areas experiencing tensions between national minorities, and aims to contribute to a greater number of representatives of national minorities in leading positions of political parties and in the Georgian parliament. Through the project, NIMD and the OSCE create conditions and provide resources for multiparty dialogue, improve policy awareness within political parties, and develop effective, actionable intra-party plans to enhance national minority participation. By cooperating with the OSCE’s agenda, NIMD contributes to the prevention of conflict and the enhancement of understanding among Georgia’s national minorities.