Much of Latin America is experiencing crucial moments in its modern democratic life.
In many parts of the region, and often for the first time, the vast majority of the population is directly involved in multiparty policy-making processes.
NIMD is assisting the democracy consolidiation effort in 5 Latin American countries:
Through the Bolivian Foundation for Multiparty Democracy (FBDM), the NIMD programme in Bolivia promotes inter-party dialogue and provides technical assistance to lawmakers. The Foundation has played an instrumental role in the achievement of an agreement in congress on a new Constitution, which passed popular vote in January 2009, and started up a multi-party working group to prepare a new Electoral Law.(...more)
In Ecuador NIMD works with International IDEA in the joint programme Ágora Democrática that promotes inclusive politics and provides technical assistance to lawmakers. The programme has contributed to provisions for women’s political and economic rights in Ecuador’s new Constitution, and helped design a new Electoral and Political Parties law.(...more)
The NIMD programme in Guatemala supports multi-party efforts to improve the functioning of political institutions nationally and on the local level. In 2008, the programme has contributed to a new Law of Congress that enables a better management of the parliament, and initiated a programme in 27 municipalities that engages local politicians and citizens groups in an effort to devise a joint agenda for the development of their municipality.
In 2008, the NIMD programme in Nicaragua facilitated a self-assessment of the most important political parties, published a study of the country’s political history, and organized a series of radio debates on political issues, bringing together politicians, scholars, representatives of the private sector, civil society and the international community.(...more)
In Suriname NIMD supports inter-party dialogue, provides technical assistance to law makers, and facilitates a training programme on party development in which representatives of 21 political parties are participating.(...more)