NIMD is a goal-oriented organization that maximizes its impact through working closely with a large and diverse network of local, national and international partners. Although there is huge diversity and overlap, we generally distinguish three types of partners:
- Our implementing partners work with us to implement our programmes on the ground
- We work with like-minded strategic partners to maximize coordination, experience-sharing and cooperation on our project portfolios
- Our diversifying base of funding partners support us and our projects in a variety of ways
Another key part of NIMD’s network are the seven Dutch political parties who are the founding members of NIMD. These give NIMD access to unique expertise, high-level networks and policy advice.
Each of NIMD’s tailor-made democracy assistance programmes is implemented through a partnership with an organization working on the ground. This ensures that country programmes fully benefit from the implementing partners’ detailed understanding of party-political conditions on the ground.
Our preference is to team up with an existing, locally anchored organization that must at the same time be both politically impartial and have a proven track record of financially responsible project delivery. In countries where such organizations are absent, NIMD helps establish dedicated Centres for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) or sets up country offices with local staff to act as the effective programme implementing partner.
CMDs are governed by the country’s political parties while countries offices are managed by a local coordinator working directly for NIMD.
In Burundi, NIMD’s partner is the Burundi Leadership Training Program (BLTP)
In Ghana, NIMD’s partner is the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA)
In Kenya, NIMD’s partner is the Centre for Multiparty Democracy Kenya (CMD-Kenya)
In Malawi, NIMD’s partner is the Centre for Multiparty Democracy Malawi (CMD-M)
In Mali, NIMD’s partner is the Centre Malien pour le dialouge inter-partis et la Democratie (CDMID)
In Mozambique, NIMD works with the Institute for Multiparty Democracy (IMD)
In Uganda, NIMD has a country office which acts as the secretary for the Inter-Party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD)
In Zimbabwe, NIMD works with the Zimbabwe Institute (ZI)
In Colombia, NIMD works with a country office based in Bogotá, NIMD also closely cooperates with UNDP
- El Salvador
In El Salvador, NIMD works with a country office based in San Salvador
In Honduras, NIMD works with a country office stationed in Tegucigalpa
In Guatemala, NIMD works with a country office in Guatemala City, which also acts as a regional office for Central America.
In Indonesia, NIMD’s partner is Kemitraan – Partnership for Governance Reform.
In Myanmar, NIMD and Demo Finland jointly founded the Myanmar School of Politics (MySoP)
- South Caucasus
In the South Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan), NIMD works the Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy (EECMD)
In Tunisia, NIMD’s partner is the Centre des Etudes Méditerranéennes et Internationales (CEMI)
NIMD actively supports mutual exchange and cooperation with organizations working in the field of democracy assistance. The main goal of our strategic partnerships is to collaborate sustainably on a multi-project basis, through joint programme planning and joint fundraising efforts.
Strategic partnerships allow funding to be secured from a wider spectrum of sources, giving added strategic flexibility and responsiveness to changing country conditions and global trends. Involving other specialist organizations gives a broader perspective on the future context of country programmes and ensures results and experiences are shared.
At the same time, strategic partnerships allow NIMD to remain focused on its core specialism of political parties, by bringing in the complementary expertise of other organizations.
We work closely with other European democracy assistance organizations as part of a wider community that seeks to advance and strengthen democracy outside the EU.
NIMD also enters into strategic partnerships aimed at marrying specific specialist areas such as democracy education, where results can be maximized through close cooperation with other expert organizations.
Political Parties of Finland for Democracy, Demo Finland, functions as a co-operative organisation for Finnish parliamentary parties. It seeks to enhance democracy by carrying out and facilitating collaborative projects between Finnish political parties and political movements in developing countries.
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The European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) is an organisation supporting democratic transformations outside the European Union. As a network of European civil and political society organisations, EPD advocates for a stronger presence of democracy support on the European Union’s agenda and facilitates the exchange of knowledge and good practices in democratic transformations around the world.
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NIMD operates with an annual budget of around €10 million. The largest part of the budget is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Many country programmes are funded by multiple donors, including governments, foundations and supranational institutions such as the EU.
NIMD has been able to invest in long term programmes and maintain long-lasting relationships with its partners thanks to the continuing support of donors such as the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Commission, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Open Society Foundation, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and the US State Department.
NIMD pursues a targeted fundraising strategy, aimed at a number of donors who are committed to supporting democratic transitions.