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About Us

The Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) works to promote peaceful, just and inclusive politics worldwide. To that end, we work with the entire political sector in a country, from aspiring politicians to political leaders, and from national to local level.

 

Currently, we run programmes in more than 20 countries in Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, the MENA region and the Eastern European Neighbourhood.

 

Our approach across all these programmes is unique and characterized by dialogue: we bring actors from across the political spectrum together. We work on their knowledge and competences, and empower them to cooperate in a constructive manner on issues that affect them, their country and the broader region.

 

Through this work, we support the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG16 on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. This goal is dedicated to promoting peaceful and inclusive societies, and building effective institutions at all levels. Achieving this is the key to sustainable development. Governance and politics underlie all of the SDGs, because without accountable and effective political governance, it will be hard to achieve peace, stability and prosperity for all.

 

NIMD is non-partisan and driven by democratic values.

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Approach

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.

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PROGRAMMES

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.

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