DEMOCRACY IS…

Democracy is an inclusive political system in which all groups can participate and all voices are heard. It is where transparent and accountable politicians work together in the interests of their citizens.

Democracy gives people a real say; it means they are included in the important decisions in their country or communities, and can make their voices heard.

Yet, all around the world, democracy is under attack. It’s up to us to take action and defend the freedoms that democracy provides.

HOW CAN WE
SAFEGUARD
DEMOCRACY?

NIMD believes the path to democratic societies begins with trust in politics and political institutions. Strong and inclusive representative bodies are crucial if we want to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. That’s why we work with political actors, helping them to build democratic societies where every citizen’s voice is heard and human rights are respected. We adapt the way we work to each local context, but there are three main ways NIMD helps nations meet their democratic aspirations.

DIALOGUE AND
TRUSTBUILDING

Democracy starts with dialogue. NIMD creates dialogue platforms, where actors from across the political divide can work together towards a democratic future. Through dialogue, parties can start to establish a basic level of trust and lay the foundations for long-term collaboration. These dialogue platforms also provide a safe space for participants to debate, agree, and jointly put forward proposals for democratic reforms, and NIMD has successfully facilitated this process in several national contexts.

WOMEN’S POLITICAL
PARTICIPATION

Democracy is hearing every voice. And yet, women worldwide are still systematically excluded from political leadership. At NIMD, all our programmes are designed to amplify women’s voices, challenging the unwritten rules that have excluded them for so long. We empower women to break down barriers and forge their path to leadership. That means working with politicians to influence national legislation, helping political parties with their internal party regulations, and fostering an open political culture through training and dialogue.

DEMOCRACY
SCHOOLS

Every democracy needs democrats. If we want political actors to work in the interests of their citizens; if we want them to be accountable, break down barriers to women and minorities and strive for inclusiveness… then they need to believe in the values of democracy. Our Democracy Schools help the next generation learn these values and put them into practice as leaders. By providing a space for future politicians to speak, listen, and debate with mutual respect, we can make sure democracy is here to stay.

DON’T TAKE DEMOCRACY FOR GRANTED

LET’S WORK TOGETHER

DEMOCRACY IS...

Inclusiveness

Democracy is hearing every voice. It’s about inclusive decision making and considering different opinions.

Multiple parties

Democracy is having a real choice. It’s about political parties presenting clear and distinct policies.

Dialogue

Democracy starts with dialogue. It’s about working together in an atmosphere of trust and mutual acceptance.

Peaceful elections

Democracy is having free and fair elections. It’s about not being afraid to go out and vote.

Accountability

Democracy is putting the people first. It’s about responsible and transparent politicians.

SEE WHAT WE CAN ACHIEVE TOGETHER

NIMD has been able to invest in long term programmes and maintain long-lasting relationships with its partners thanks to the continuing support of our donors. We pursue a targeted fundraising strategy, aimed at a number of donors who are committed to supporting democratic transitions.

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JENNI SAWYER
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ADVISOR
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